Researchers at Imperial College London now say we should be eating 10 servings of fruits and veggies a day, over the previously suggested 5 servings. In fact, they are saying by eating this amount, it could prevent up to 7,200 cancer deaths and 14,000 stroke deaths worldwide each year. While this is great news, many are wondering how exactly do they consume this many portions a day?!
The average person’s intake of fruit and vegetables is currently four portions a day in the UK where this study was conducted. Researchers discovered the risk of dying prematurely can be cut by a third if people ate 10 portions of fruits and vegetables daily. However, skeptics have been voicing their opinions on social media with one saying, “I’d be a walking compost heap.” Others said it was a “vegan plot”. And yet another asked jokingly if 10 portions of “bottled grapes” (wine) would count?
With many wondering if eating 10 portions a day is even feasible, we wondered what exactly do 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day look like? Ten portions could be represented by 2 kiwi fruits, 1 apple, 1 pear, ½ grapefruit, 8 cauliflower florets, 1 glass of orange juice, 3 tablespoons of peas, 2 broccoli spears, 1 tomato and 1 banana. Certainly it is doable, but it just may take a bit more time in food preparation and meal planning. Dr. Dafinn Aune, lead author of the research from the School of Public Health at the Imperial College in London says, “Fruit and vegetables have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and to boost the health of our blood vessels and immune system. This may be due to the complex network of nutrients they hold. For instance, they contain many antioxidants, which may reduce DNA damage, and lead to a reduction in cancer risk.”
Indeed, by eating ten portions of fruits and vegetables a day and omitting meat, you can lessen your chances of heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
What do YOU think? Are you able to eat 10 portions of fruits and veggies a day?
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