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Diet Tips: Study Says Eat 7 Servings of Fruit & Vegetables Daily is Optimal For Health

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We just got through telling you all about the new nutrition labels that will soon be coming down the pipe. Now here's a little extra advice for those looking to slim down this spring.

A newly released study fresh out of the United Kingdom revealed today that people who eat up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can cut their risk of death by 42% - and that vegetables may be more important than fruit to your overall health. 

Researchers asked participants about their fruit and vegetable intake over a 24-hour time period. The study was conducted over quite some time, gathered from 2001 all the way through to 2008. 

Ultimately the study found that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables could be vital in protecting against cancer, heart disease and all other causes of death. Scientists explained that eating at least seven servings was best for overall health, but each serving increase was associated with a lower risk of death.

"There is value in knowing how the choices we make early in life have lifelong benefits," Dr. Miedema said in a press release. 

CNN reports that Dr. Michael Miedema and his colleagues also found that women who ate eight to nine servings of fruit and vegetables in their 20s were 40% less likely to have dangerous plaque in their arteries in their 40s. 

The study doesn't seem all that surprising, but definitely does drive the point home that a healthy diet is the key to a longer, stronger life.

Bottom line from this latest research study, experts say that even if you already eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables, the recommendation is to "aim higher."

Are you ready to step you fruits and veggies intake up? You know what they say about an apple a day! Let us know with a note below!

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