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%

 Download: August 2014 On Track with Barix

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