By Lauren Otto
Yes, we always hear about how fruits and vegetables are important for our health. But what we may not know is just how significant and true that is.
Newly released research shows that a daily intake of only two and a half servings (one serving is 80 grams, so a total of 200 grams a day) of fruits and vegetables correlates with:
- 16% reduced risk of heart disease
- 18% reduced risk of stroke
- 4% reduced risk of cancer
- 15% reduced risk of premature death
But why stop at two and a half servings a day? The same research shows that ten servings of fruit and vegetables a day correlates with:
- 24% reduced risk of heart disease
- 33% reduced risk of stroke
- 28% reduced risk of heart and blood vessel disease
- 13% reduced risk of total cancer
- 31% reduction in premature death
Though the relationship between these health benefits and eating more fruits and vegetables is not proven to be causal, the association is clear. According to the authors of the research, “high fruit and vegetable intake may… reduce chronic disease risk indirectly, by displacement of unhealthy foods.”
Basically, what we’ve heard about fruits and veggies is true—they’re awesome for you! Whether it is because they have benefits to your health or simply because they’re a better choice than other unhealthy foods, incorporate more of them into your day to day diet. Choose fruits that don’t have added sugars, and choose them more often.
To get started on more ideas to eat more fruits and vegetables daily, check out some of Greenfield’s many fruit and vegetable options and read through our menu online!
For more information on the research cited here, take a look at the research results here.