Benefits of Five Daily Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

Researchers examined data from 16 prospective studies and found the more fruits and vegetables people ate each day, the lower their risk for all-cause mortality. Each serving was 2.8 ounces (80 grams) of fruit or vegetable. It appeared that 5 servings per day optimized the benefits. Each fruit or vegetable serving lowered the risk of…

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Veggies For Infants

Health researchers found a key to overcoming the battle between kids and vegetables: serve them often and early. Researchers gave artichoke puree to 332 children from three countries at various ages and found younger children were more likely to continue eating the vegetable than older children. Even typically fussy eaters will continue to eat the…

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Fruits and Vegetables Affordable

The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that fruits and vegetables are often more economical than packaged snacks and side dishes. By analyzing 20 popular snack and 19 side dish items, half of which were fruits and vegetables, they found the average cost per serving of fruit or vegetables was $0.34 and the…

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Family Meals Help with Fruits and Vegetables

Children in families who regularly eat fruits and vegetables and eat together are more likely to meet the WHO's regular daily intake of five 2.8 oz. servings per day. A study of almost 3000 children in London with an average age of 8.3 years also found that kids ate more when fruits and vegetables where cut…

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Use Your Fork to Lower the Risk of Cancer

Have you ever wondered how you should eat to fight cancer? While no single food or component of food can guarantee you will not get cancer, evidence is strong that a diet composed of a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains may lower your risk for a good number of cancers. The American…

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Recipe for Weight Loss

More than 400 postmenopausal women were randomly assigend to two groups: either a "lifestyle change" group, which included group meetings with professionals, or a health education control group. After 48 months of follow-up, 57% of the women in the lifestyle change group and 29% of the controls had maintained at least 5 pounds of weight…

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Veggies May Lower Risk of Pancreatitis

People who consume the highest number of vegetable servings suffer 45% less risk of developing non-gallstone-related pancreatitis compared to those who eat the least. The protective effect of higher vegetable intake is more pronounced in those who drink more than 1 alcoholic drink per day and those whose BMI is over 25. Swedish researchers followed…

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Healthy Habits Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular, Cancer, And All-Causes Mortality

The Shanghai Women’s Health Study followed approximately 71,000 Chinese women aged 40-70 for 9 years. Among participants, common lifestyle risk factors of early death included physical inactivity, abdominal obesity, being overweight or obese, exposure to spousal tobacco smoke, and eating few fruits and vegetables. When participants reversed these risk factors, they exhibited a striking life-extending effect, especially in…

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Diet, Exercise, and Weight Are Major Contributors to Health

The Cancer Prevention Study ll Nutrition Cohort shows that  people who maintain a BMI within normal range, exercise 30 or more minutes daily, and eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains exhibit reduced deaths from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause mortality. For those who met the criteria above, this study shows reductions…

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See a Carrot, Eat a Carrot!

Almost 37% of elementary students in Minnesota took carrots and 15% helped themselves to green beans when photos of those veggies were placed in the compartments of their trays. This was compared to 12% and 6%, respectively, when there were no pictures on the trays (P=<0.001). While vegetable consumption still remained low, this method increased…

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