According to European researchers, every additional piece of fruit or vegetable consumed on a daily basis has the ability to reduce the risk of heart disease by up to seven percent.
The meta-analysis of nearly a quarter of a million people was based on nine cohort studies.
The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the risk of coronary heart disease, was cut by four percent for each additional fruit and vegetable portion consumed and by seven percent for fruit portion intake.
While it is well known that fruit and vegetable consumption can help fight disease, this message does not seem to be filtering down to everyday life. According to The Canadian Community Health Survey, seven out of 10 children aged four to eight, and half of adults, do not eat the recommended daily minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruit.
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