According to the study, a diet that is filled with fresh produce is not only just good for your overall health but your future health. The large study suggests that eating large helpings and servings of fruits and vegetables daily may substantially cut a person’s risk of death.
The study analyzed the eating habits of over 65,000 people in England from 2001 to 2013. They found that those who had 7 or more portions of fruits or vegetables each day had a 42% lower risk of death at any age than those who had less than one portion each day.
The death risk was also reduced by 36% with five to seven portions daily 29% with three to five portions and 14% with one to three portions. This study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The study, however, did not prove that eating a lot of fruits and vegetables can cut one’s risk of death just that there is an association between consuming fresh produce daily and a lower death risk.
The study’s researchers said that their findings suggested that a diet containing seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables each day reduced a person’s likelihood of death from heart disease by over 31% and the probability of dying from cancer by 25%.
According to the study, vegetables seemed to have a stronger health benefit than fruit. The study’s researchers found that each daily portion of fresh vegetables consumed reduced the overall death risk by nearly 16% compared to just 13% per portion of salad and 4% per portion of fresh fruit.
The study’s author, Oyinlola Oyebode of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University College London, believes that the size of the effect of eating fruit and vegetables is staggering. She comments that it is interesting to find that vegetables have such a more impact than fresh fruit. It’s important to note that fruit does make a real difference too, though.
The study also found that there is no significant health benefit from fruit juice and canned, or frozen fruit did boost death risk by 17% per portion. Oyebode believes this is because canned fruit contains high sugar levels and are packed in syrup rather than natural fruit juice.