5 a day is immaterial if your genes have you marked for an early death from say Prostate Cancer. A condition that
gets less publicity or little public money. The Radical
Health news headlines on Tuesday 1 April. Fools Day
The Guardian leads with story that scientists have recommended that people now eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
A study carried out by experts at University College London analysed the eating habits of 65,000 people using data from eight years of the Health Survey for England, and matched them with causes of death.
The clear finding was that eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, including salads, was linked to living a longer life generally and in particular to a lower chance of death from heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Eating at least seven portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day was linked to a 42% lower risk of death from all causes. It was also associated with a 25% lower risk of cancer and 31%lower risk of heart disease or stroke. Vegetables seemed to be significantly more protection against disease than eating fruit, they say.
There was a surprise finding – people who ate canned or frozen fruit actually had a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
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