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What’s the most important component of a nutritious diet? Yes, you guessed it right — fruits and vegetables. You must have heard this several times, and even seen various studies related to it.
But the big question is: what is the quantity of fruits and vegetables you must eat every single day?
Well, a new research published recently by the American Heart Association in its journal Circulation has revealed it all. They recommend people to consume five servings of fruits and veggies daily, in the form of two fruits and three vegetables, so that you can enjoy its health benefits.
Research also found that eating fruits and vegetables, in particular, greatly supports heart and mental health. To clarify this, researchers used data from a total of 28 global studies, including two major data sets from the US. This includes more than 100,000 adults each, and both sets have up to 30 years of follow-up with participants.
The research concluded that consumption of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help you live a long life.
In fact, a study by Imperial College of London also supports the five-servings-a-day rule. It goes on to suggest some specific foods such as apples, pears, citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower for wholesome nutrition.
For the unversed, consuming healthy fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and boost the immune system.
You need to consume at least three vegetables and two fruits every day to get its health benefits. Make sure to eat a variety of veggies and fruits, and you’ll see a difference.
Try to include as many fruits and veggies to your diet, and move a step closer to good health.