Eat Veggies and Fruits and Live Longer

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time from all causes by 42 percent, reports a new study. Vegetables have a bigger impact, with each serving of fresh vegetables reducing the risk of death by 16%, salad by 13% and fresh fruit by 4%. This has led some to recommend 5 servings of fresh vegetables and 2 servings of fresh fruit daily. This recommendation is challenging for the post weight loss surgery patient, although if one ate ½ cup of veggies and 1-2 oz of lean protein at each of 5 meals and a serving of fruit with a sixth meal, they could get close.


Servings of Fresh Vegetables and Fruits per Day 0 to <1 1 to <3 3 to <5 5 to <7 7+
Reduced Risk of Death for any Point in Time 0% 14% 29% 36% 42%

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About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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