Researchers from Imperial College London, led by Dagfinn Aune PhD, reported on studies that indicated eating 800 grams of fruit or vegetables each day could reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack, cancer, and early death. They estimated that potentially 7.8 million premature deaths annually worldwide could be prevented if this recommended protocol were followed. That figures out to ten 80-gram portions. Previous guidelines in the United Kingdom have suggested eating at least five portions or 400 grams per day. In the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern at the 2,000-calorie level, the U.S. Health and Human Services/USDA guidelines has recommended 2½ cups of vegetables per day and 2 cups of fruit per day. How many 80-gram portions do you typically eat on a daily basis? More tomorrow.
Aune, D., et al. Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality – a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies. International Journal of Epidemiology. ISSN 0300-5771