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5-A-Day of fruit and vegetables saves lives

Posted Dec 23 2010 5:56pm

New research has shown eating the recommended 5-A-Day of fruit and vegetables could save 15,000 lives in the UK every year.

 If we all ate our 5-A-Day, up to 7,000 fewer people each year would die from coronary heart disease in the UK. Another 4,700 lives could be saved from cancer and 3,400 from stroke according to experts at Oxford University.

 Under the study published last week in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , researchers worked out the potential effects of diet on obesity, cholesterol, blood pressure and other health factors.

Dr Peter Scarborough, from the University of Oxford’s BHF Health Promotion Research Group , who led the research, says: ‘Meeting dietary recommendations would have a massive effect on the health of the nation. According to our model, the biggest impact would be eating more fruit and veg.

‘But this doesn’t mean you should just stop at five – the more the better. In some European countries like Greece and Italy they get to five a day easily. Adding fruit and veg into your daily diet is achievable for everyone.’

Eating 5-A-Day of fruit and vegetables saves lives.

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