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7 Servings of Fruit and Vegetables a Day for Better Health?

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Artwork by Dr. Murad Abel We have heard the saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Never has this been truer than in today’s world. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health a whopping 7 servings of fruit and vegetables reduces risks of premature death by 42%. Vegetables still trump fruit but both have great benefits and one should do better at incorporating this food into their lives. The researchers studied data with 65,000 adults over the age of 35 between the years of 2001 and 2008. The survey asked about fruit and vegetable consumption within any particular 24 hour period. Portions were defined as 80 grams or 3 ounces each. The information was compared against mortality data over 8 years to see who is passing away.  On average participants ate 3.8 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Those that ate more not only were less likely to die but also had lower BMI. They were better protected against heart d