Brace Your Bowels: Scientists Say TEN Veg Servings a Day are Needed to Not Die of Everything

By Gary Cutlack on at

If you want to not die of everything in your late thirties, you may have to spend a bit more time in the fruit and vegetable aisle of your local supermarket browsing the lumpy green things, with one health think-tank suggesting the five-a-day fruit and veg serving advice should be doubled to ten.

The concept comes from University College London, where a 12-year study into healthy eating options has been concluded. The findings suggest that we really ought to knock off the Greggs lunches if we want to live past 29, with those who ate more than seven portions of fruit and veg per day a staggering 42 per cent less likely to die from the usual basket of deadly conditions.

And lay off the fruit juices, they have no effect, plus frozen and sweet juicy tinned fruit is actually bad and can increase the likelihood of you irreparably keeling over while walking up a flight of stairs aged 38.

Lead report writer Dr Oyinlola Oyebode said: "The clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age. My advice would be however much you are eating now, eat more."

We're seeking clarification on if eating 10 bananas a day might be acceptable and if those cherries they put on buns count as a whole serving or just half. [Telegraph]

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