Extend Life: Eat a pound of Fruits and Vegetables

Especially if you drink and smoke

Extend Life: Eat a Pound of Fruit and Vegetables

Extend Life: Eat a Pound of Fruit and Vegetables

According to a report published recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology, making room for fruits and vegetables in your daily diet will increase your chances of living a longer life.

"This study is the most significant epidemiological study that this association has examined to date," said study author María José Sánchez Pérez, a director at the Andalusian School of Public Health's (EASP) in Spain.

In the study, just over a pound of fruit and vegetables per day was found to cut a person’s mortality rate by 10 percent and delay the risk of mortality by just over a year when compared to a diet with less than 8.8 ounces of fruits and vegetables per day.

The study authors pointed out that previous research has revealed that if people follow the daily recommended allowances for fruit and vegetable consumption – it prevents the development of chronic diseases and reduces the risk of mortality by 10 to 25 percent.

"There is now sufficient evidence of the beneficial effect of fruit and vegetable consumption in the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases," Sánchez said, "for this reason, one of the most effective preventative measures is promoting their consumption in the population."

When the team looked at the benefits of fruit separately, they did not observe any noteworthy risk reduction. When only vegetable consumption was considered, it was linked to a lower risk of mortality. The study team found that eating a high consumption of raw vegetables was particularly beneficial – cutting the risk of mortality by 16 percent.

The researchers noted that the beneficial effects of eating daily fruits and vegetables was more prominent in study volunteers who consumed alcohol, with about 30 to 40 percent mortality risk reduction. The study team said that this beneficial effect could have been caused by fruits’ and vegetables’ high antioxidant content, which counteracts the oxidative stress caused by alcohol consumption.

Sánchez noted that these folks “in particular could benefit from the positive effects of fruit and vegetables in preventing chronic diseases and their associated mortality risk.”

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