Eating Fruits and Vegetables Lowers Your Risk of Mortality

We’ve probably heard we’re supposed to eat “enough” fruits and vegetables every day but most Americans (9 in 10) don’t.

Motivation to Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables 

According to a Harvard study involving more than 833,000 participants, eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day lowers your risk of mortality by 25%.

Other health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can include a lower blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, eating enough fruits and vegetables also helps with digestive problems and other health issues.

What is “enough” fruits and vegetables?

The national dietary guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 2 servings of fruit each day and at least 3 servings of vegetables each day. 

Tips to Increase Your Daily Intake of Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Make them accessible and visible. Keep fruits and vegetables in eyesight when you enter your kitchen or open your refrigerator for a snack.
  2. Add 1-2 vegetables to all meals. Consider adding vegetables to some of your favorite dishes. Does your family love spaghetti? Cook some zucchini, onions, spinach and any other desired vegetable in the red sauce next time you make it!
  3. Switch up your produce so you don’t get bored! Your taste buds will thank you and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables helps to ensure you get more nutrients.

For more information check out our blogs How to Like Vegetables and 3 Ways Vegetables Aid in Weight Loss and Weight Management.

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