By Joanne Rosa
Wendy followed the doctor’s orders: eat your fruits and vegetables! We all know we should include a generous amount of fruits and veggies in our daily diet, but new research has concluded that doing so could literally help you live longer.
Research led by scientists across the pond at Imperial College London analyzed numerous studies on fruit and vegetable intake. They found that by eating the recommended portion of fruits and vegetables, you will significantly lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. According to a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in the USA.
If we have the power to prevent these silent killers, then we should act on it!
BBC reported that 10 portions of fruits and vegetables a day is recommended to extend our lives. One portion of fruits or vegetables is around 3oz. Essentially, you should have more than one portion of fruits and vegetables with your daily meals.
The research analysis from Imperial College London also determined that specific fruits and vegetables are linked to lower risks of cancer, and heart disease. For cancer prevention, eat more green veggies, yellow veggies, and cruciferous veggies (like cauliflower). For heart disease prevention, stick to apples, pears, citrus fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables, and cruciferous veggies.
It looks like cruciferous vegetables are the big winner here!
According to Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine website, cruciferous veggies include…
Collard Greens (Wendy’s favorite!)
We have plenty of recipes that will help kick start your new long life of healthy eating!
Take a look at some of our Country Greens and Sweet Potato Dressing Recipe.