Fact: Eating fruit and vegetables daily will lower your risk of early death. But how many servings will do the trick?
We previously reported that seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day would lower the risk of dying from cancer by 25% and cardiovascular diseases by 31%, according to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health earlier this year.
Now, a research review published in the British Medical Journal concludes that just five servings of produce a day are enough to prevent early death. According to the study, any more than five servings will not have any further impact on mortality.
In a meta-analysis of 16 different studies that included more than 833,000 people, researchers found that five servings of produce cut the risk of any kind of death by 5% and death from cardiovascular disease by 4%.
“There was a threshold around five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, after which the risk of all-cause mortality did not reduce further,” say the authors of the study.
Still, most people only get four servings of fruit and vegetables daily. To up your intake, try a Strawberry Whirl Smoothie from Jamba Juice. You'll get three and a half servings of fruit in just the small size (for only 210 calories).