Are You Getting Your 5 a Day?
Have you ever thought about how many servings of fruits and vegetables you eat in a day? The recommendation is to get 5 servings a day between the two groups. New research suggests this recommendation still holds true.
A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition evaluated the diets of over 71,000 participants. The goal of the study was to evaluate if there was an association between consumption of fruits and vegetables and mortality rate. Participants reported how often they ate fruit and vegetables in 1997 and 1998. Over the 13 year follow up period over 11,400 participants died. The study discovered that those who did not eat fruits and vegetables lived 3 years shorter than those who ate 5 servings per day. This was a 53% higher mortality rate. Those who ate at least one serving of fruit a day lived 19 months longer. While those who ate 3 servings of vegetables per day lived 32 months longer compared to those who did not eat vegetables.
How about a side salad with dinner tonight?