April 1st, 2014
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You know the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Turns out eating one apple isn't enough. A new study suggests 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.

The study, conducted by scientists in the United Kingdom, was published online Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The study

Researchers looked at data from more than 65,000 adults over age 35 who participated in the Healthy Surveys for England study between 2001 and 2008.

HSE surveyors had asked participants about their fruit and vegetable consumption during a 24-hour time period. Portion sizes were defined by the UK's Department of Health to be about 80 grams (equivalent to just under 3 ounces). The new study authors compared this nutrition information to mortality data for the group over the following eight or so years.

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  1. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    An apple a day keeps te Doctor away. Especially if you aim well and throw hard.

    April 2, 2014 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Thinking things through

      Great post, Jdizzle! My chuckle of the day!

      April 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • TNT

      Lol!

      April 3, 2014 at 9:26 am | Reply
  2. Thinking things through

    I'm all for my veggies, but if I eat fiddleheads, I'm off worshipping Ralph. (Mind you, I used to eat them and loved them - they're sort of like asparagus in taste. Eventually intolerance set in.) Too many of those things, and "more swiftly" will come mighty swiftly in these here parts!! Great photo, though.

    I'll have seven servings of not-heavily-starchy veggies that are healthy for me!!! AND one or two of seafood, which is also definitely healthy for those not allergic.

    April 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • Thinking things through

      Ramps and Jerusalem artichokes are simply wonderful. I have yet to try salsify, but aim to look for it.

      April 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  3. shoobyboppitydoo

    **study sponsored by del monte**

    April 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  4. Agoraphobic

    I'm from America. What is this term "portion size" they refer to in the article?

    April 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  5. Vegann

    If you are not eating a strictly organic, locally sourced vegan diet, you are eating garbage.

    April 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Thinking things through

      If you are repeating yourself verbatim from another thread... perhaps you do need a dietary change? Step beyond the box?

      April 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  6. AleeD®

    Let's see ... I haven't seen a pro / anti vegan comment in a few days. Got my lawn chair all set up comfortably and a nice bowl of popcorn. Let the games .... begin!

    April 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • Rhetoric

      Does the popcorn count as a serving of vegetables?

      April 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Reply
      • AleeD®

        Definitely. Especially if it's bacon flavored.

        April 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  7. mgraze

    The last time I checked, the risk of death of the entire human race is 100% regarless of how many servings of vegatables one eats per day.

    April 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Kat Kinsman

      Hence the "more swiftly" part.

      April 1, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • BKF

        However, it is written " Turns out eating one apple isn't enough. A new study suggests people who eat up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can cut their risk of death by 42%".

        You've got to admit that's one of the funniest sentences you've read in a long time. (I do.)

        Although, I was kind of hoping that I was linking to a recipe for immortality.

        April 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Reply
        • JellyBean

          LM F AO! Thank you.

          April 4, 2014 at 8:40 am |
  8. cd

    If you ate everything science says you should eat, wouldn't you end up morbidly obese?

    April 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Reply

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