Upping Fruit and Veg Intake to 10-a-Day is Still Obviously Good For You

By Gary Cutlack on at

More research into the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables instead of or in addition to Mars bars and sausage rolls has arrived, this time saying that upping consumption to the equivalent of 10-a-day could have large health benefits that lead to literally living longer.

The superstudy collated data from 95 separate reports, and came up with some startling numbers. Those who eat a small amount of fruit and veg each day (200g) are expected to cut their risk of premature death by 15 per cent, but if that's upped to 800g -- which would roughly equal 10 pieces of fruit and veg per day -- there's a 31 per cent fall in the likelihood you'll keel over at random in the supermarket.

The 200g > 800g switch took the risk of cancer down by an extra nine per cent, with heart disease seeing a slightly larger fall in likelihood thanks to upping leafy green and fruity intake. If replicated globally, somehow, perhaps by putting blended kale into the water supply or adding powdered broccoli to the chemtrail mix, 7.8 million premature deaths could be averted.

This is all coming from Imperial College London and not a company that imports runner beans from Kenya, so it's pretty believable. ICL's Dr Dagfinn Aune said: "...it is clear from this work that a high intake of fruit and vegetables hold tremendous health benefits, and we should try to increase their intake in our diet." [Imperial College London via BBC]

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