Just as we had become accustomed to the formula for healthy eating “5 a day”, researchers from University College London came to a different conclusion. “7 a day” – i.e. 7 portions of fruit and vegetables should be at least (one serving is about a handful). The results of the study are impressive when you look at the concrete figures: 7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day reduce the risk of death by 42.
The findings come from an observational study between 2001 and 2008 of 65,226 Britons who recorded dietary behaviour. Factors such as age, BMI, gender, socioeconomic status, cigarette and alcohol consumption were also taken into account. The published result suggests that diet is directly related to mortality rates. The more fruit and vegetables the test subjects ate, the stronger the health-promoting effect seemed to be. So much for theory.
Less than 10 of the adults eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
However, a study by the Robert Koch Institute shows another picture of our reality: most do not even manage the previously recommended 5 portions. The motto “5 a day” has already been propagated to promote a healthy diet in many countries around the world. Little has changed to this day, so honestly, unfortunately.
Practical tips on how to do this:
The question therefore arises as to whether, instead of unrealistic (new) standards, one should not look at how one can motivate oneanother to eat more fruit and vegetables in a personal case – without giving up immediately frustrated, because one does not get the recommendation. What the new study also proves is that every little more greenstuff is great! 1-3 servings daily reduce the risk of death by about 14.
Achieve big goals with small steps!
Next time, cut a cucumber into appetizing pieces and place it on the desk. Or: randomly place on the coffee table while watching TV. Bet, the healthy snack is plastered afterwards? A bit of salad here, a few apple clefts there, a dinner with vegetable side dish – you’re closer to the goal. If you are still pushing for success with a vial of VABO-N, you have an optimal mixture of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, mangostan, aloe vera, acerola and resveratrol. In this sense: on health!