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A Big Salad Could Help You Live Longer — Physician’s First Watch

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April 1, 2014

A Big Salad Could Help You Live Longer

By Amy Orciari Herman

Eating just a couple of servings of fruits or vegetables daily is associated with reduced all-cause mortality, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Some 65,000 U.K. adults completed annual health surveys over an 8-year period. During nearly 8 years' follow-up, 7% of the sample died. Compared with participants who reported eating less than 1 serving of fruits and veggies daily, those who ate 1 to <3 servings had a 12% reduction in all-cause mortality. As consumption increased, so did the risk reduction, with those eating 7 or more servings daily experiencing a 33% risk reduction.

Significant reductions in cancer- and cardiovascular-related mortality were also seen with 3 or more servings daily.

Reader Comments (5)

Ram Mathur MS Other Healthcare Professional, Genetics, State of California. Department of Health

The study is outstanding. Let us hope general public adopts the findings.

Ram Mathur MS Other Healthcare Professional, Genetics, State of California

Study is a big step in right direction. I believe an increase in water uptake will even be better. In my opinion what really has happened is the intake of water has gone up without individual's effort because fruits and vegetables are 90% water. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables provide nutrients in a very dilute form which does not cause a havoc in the body. For example piece of meat is loaded with lipids and amino acids, and a soft drink contains large amount of sugar.

David Nilsson PhD ABPP/CN Other Healthcare Professional, Neurology, Independent Practic

I would really like to see medicine take a more aggressive interest in optimal nutrition as a means of facilitating optimal health, but particularly in stabilizing neuro patients, improving neurocognitive function, self-regulation of moods and emotions, etc. DN

David E. Nilsson Ph.D. ABPP/CN Other Healthcare Professional, Other, Independent Practice

The research has become near pandemic concerning nutrition and optimal healthcare, especially as it is related to the brain and general nervous system. This would not be surprising given the demands of the nervous system, the elevated needs for nutritents, etc. DN

Dr. V Kantariya MD Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice

It`s April Fools` Day, and this is no joke. Fruits and vegetables consumption with magic Number (up to 7portions daily )= lower mortality.

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