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Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Can Cut Your Risk of Dying in Half

Eating Fruits and Vegetables

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  • People who eat seven or more portions of vegetables and fruit a day have a 42 percent lower risk of dying from any cause compared to those who eat less than one portion
  • People who eat seven or more servings of vegetables daily also enjoy a 31 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 25 percent lower risk of cancer
  • Vegetables had a larger protective effect than fruits; each additional daily portion of fresh veggies lowered participants’ risk of death by 16 percent compared to four percent for fresh fruit
  • In addition to eating veggies lightly cooked and raw, try them fermented, sprouted, and juiced for additional benefits
  • If you want to make just one change to your diet to dramatically improve your health, adding in more vegetables is a simple way to do so

By Dr. Mercola

Despite the fact that vegetables have been proven to help lower your risk of chronic disease and support longevity, most Americans are not eating nearly enough of these natural, relatively inexpensive superfoods.


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