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'Five-a-day' diet not enough – UK research

New study in the UK recommends a doubling of 'five-a-day' diet and finds vegetables to be four times healthier than fruit, reports [s]The Daily Telegraph[/s]. A healthy diet should include 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and the research by [b]University College London[/b], based on the Health Surveys of England and published in the [s]Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health[/s], also found that vegetables were four times healthier than fruit. Those who ate at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables each day were 42% less likely to die from any cause over the course of the study. Canned and frozen fruit increased the risk of dying by 17% and fruit juice was found to have no significant benefit. Lead author, Dr Oyinlola Oyebode said: 'The clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age. My advice would be however much you are eating now, eat more.'

[link url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10735633/Healthy-diet-means-10-portions-of-fruit-and-vegetables-per-day-not-five.html]Full report in The Daily Telegraph[/link]
[link url=http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2014/03/03/jech-2013-203500.short?g=w_jech_ahead_tab]JECH abstract[/link]

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