A new British study recommends eating seven servings of fruit and vegetables daily.  It can cut your risk of dying by 42%.

Researchers took data from 65,000 adults and asked about their fruit and vegetable consumption.

“This is just one study,” Dr. Deepa Vasudevan, M.D, a UT Health Science Center family practitioner and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Houston Medical School.  “I think in general we stress the importance of having 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.  I’m not sure we have enough data to say ‘seven’ definitively, but at least between 4 to 5 servings a day is the way to go.”

On average each person at 3.8 servings per day.

They found those who consumed the most had lower incidences of cancer, heart disease and all other causes of death.

Dr. Vasudevan says it’s the anti-oxidants in fruits and vegetables that make them such a valuable food source, in addition to vitamin C.  She says among the vegetables to avoid are those with a high glycemic index such as potatoes and sweet potatoes. 

Researchers found that vegetables provide better health benefits than fruits.