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Fruits & veggies reduce risk of dying, study finds

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Want a good tasting way to reduce your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease? Eat lots of fruits and veggies.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, you should aim for 10 servings a day.

For this meta-analysis the researchers reviewed 95 previous studies.

"They looked at people who didn't eat any fruits and vegetables and then they looked at people who ate up to 10 servings a day,” explained Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. “They found that for every two-and-a-half servings you increased, you markedly decreased your mortality."

In fact, 10 servings a day was associated with a 33 percent reduction in overall mortality.

The biggest bang for the buck was for those who didn't eat any fruits and veggies and added two and half servings a day, the study found.

"And they markedly, more than any other group, decreased their mortality rates,” Swartzberg said.

By the way, a serving isn't all that much. For this study, a medium-sized piece of fruit or a cup of cooked veggies is two servings. An entree-sized salad counts as four or more servings.

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