According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, eating at least 7 servings of veggies reduces your risk of death by health-related causes. By eating your veggies, the risk of death decreases by 42%.

More than 65,000 people were monitored for a period of 12 years. Their eating habits and health conditions were monitored. The results showed that individuals who ate at least 7 portions of fruits and veggies every day reduced their risk of death from cancer by 25%, and death from cardiovascular diseases by 31%.

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But… who can eat 7 or more servings of veggies every day? Knowing that 1-3 servings of  veggies reduce death risk by 14% is definitely encouraging. The chances of death are reduced further by the number of servings eaten every day. Those who eat 3-5 servings are 29% unlikelier, and those who eat 5-7 servings a day lower their risk by 35%.

The study further revealed that veggies are ahead of fruits in this aspect of death risk reduction. Each serving of veggies was associated with 16% death risk reduction, compared to 10% for fruit. It was also found that frozen or canned fruits increased death risk by 17%.

For longer life, load up on more fresh veggies and fruits.