The five-a-day guideline for perfect health came about in 2003, which told us: the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the greater the potential health benefits. This was advice from the 1990 World Health Organisation report: eating more than 400g fruit and vegetables per day was linked to a lower risk of death from chronic health problems such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
A recent study by Imperial College London, found 10 portions of fruit and veg a day could prevent almost 8 million premature deaths worldwide every year.
The bottom line is: people who ate five or more fruits or vegetables a day lived longer than people who didn’t.
Countries differ in their intake quantity. Australia recommends five to six servings of veg. plus two servings of fruit, while Japan suggests as many as 13 portions of veg. each day (plus four of fruit).
Interestingly, vegetables are better than fruit! Also remember that while fruits and vegetables form the basis of a healthy diet they don’t negate the effects of junk food!