People should eat 'seven portions of fruit and veg a day'

Eating seven portions of fruit and vegetables is healthier and has a more protective effect, researchers in London claim.

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People 'should not feel daunted' by seven fruit and veg

People "should not feel daunted by a big target" like eating seven pieces of fruit and veg every day, the leader author of a study into healthy eating has said.

Dr Oyinlola Oyebode, from UCL's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, said those who ate substantial amounts of fruit and veg at any age were known to cut their risk of death.

The clear message here is the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age.

Vegetables have a larger effect than fruit, but fruit still makes a real difference. If you're happy to snack on carrots or other vegetables, then that is a great choice but if you fancy something sweeter, a banana or any fruit will also do you good....

However, people shouldn't feel daunted by a big target like seven....it is always worth eating more fruit and vegetables. In our study even those eating one to three portions had a significantly lower risk than those eating less than one.

– Dr Oyinlola Oyebode

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People should eat 'seven portions of fruit and veg a day'

Eating seven portions of fruit and vegetables is healthier and has a more protective effect, researchers in London claim.

New research suggests that five helpings of fruit and vegetables a day may not be enough. Credit: PA Wire

Current guidelines issued by the NHS suggests that every person has five different 80g portions of fruit and vegetables a day,

A new study from the University College London (UCL) suggests that eating seven or more helpings every day can reduce a person's risk of dying of cancer by 25 per cent and heart disease by 31 per cent.

After examining the eating habits of 65,000 people in England between 2001 and 2013, researchers found that a person's overall risk of death was reduced by 42 per cent if they consumed more than seven portions.

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