In a recent article by the LA Times, Oyinlola Oyebode, lead researcher at University College London, claims, “We have shown that those eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily have the lowest risk of mortality from any cause.”
Unless you are consuming at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, you may not be eating enough.
A portion can be relatively small though according to registered dietician Andy Bellatti. “A mere half cup of cooked leafy greens counts as a serving, as do roughly a dozen baby carrots or six asparagus spears,” he tells the LA Times.
Eating out and not taking the time to prepare meals are two of the biggest reasons that only about a quarter of American adults have three or more servings of vegetables a day. Jennie Cook, an LA Caterer, recommends stocking your kitchen with fresh produce and making it a priority. She encourages adults to have three servings of vegetables and/or fruit at both lunch and dinner and two servings with breakfast.
Read the full study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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