These are the findings from scientists from Imperial College London, who carefully analyzed 95 studies focusing on vegetable and fruit intake – and results indicate that boosting intake “shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death.”
Although people who eat the recommended five portions of produce each day show a reduced risk of disease, the “greatest benefit” came from ten daily portions. Eating 800 grams a day was associated with:
Risk calculations compared people who ate ten daily portions versus those who ate none.
One portion of vegetable intake equals approximately three “heaped teaspoons of cooked vegetables such as spinach, peas, broccoli or cauliflower.” The overview of the study listed specific vegetables that “may help prevent heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular, and early death,” and these include:
Foods that may help to reduce risk of cancer include:
One researcher who was a leader in this study said that “it is clear from this work that a high intake of fruit and vegetables hold tremendous health benefits, and we should try to increase their intake in our diet.”
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and his daughter, Jane, recently provided information about how a plant-based diet can help to fight disease. They were our honored guests at the Culinary Vegetable Institute – and here is Jane’s pithy summary of their presentation: “Eat more fruit and veggies. Our health will be so much better if we swap out meat and dairy for grains, greens, roots, fruits and berries!”
Dr. Esselstyn is the author of the New York Times’ bestselling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, with insights provided the result of 20 years of intensive research. Jane is also an author, and is an RN. Find out more about that special evening and choose from more than 600 varieties of fresh vegetables bursting with flavor from The Chef’s Garden.