One study found people who ate just two servings a day had an increased risk of disease
How easy is it to get your daily dose of healthy fruits and vegetables? Pretty easy! Especially now that we know the basic formula to shoot for: five servings a day—two of fruit and three of vegetables.
Harvard researchers' recent analysis published in the journal Circulation looked at results from almost 30 studies and found people live the longest eating five servings of fruits and veggies a day; two servings of fruit and three of vegetables were optimal. Eating more than that, they say, didn't extend longevity.
Either way, eating less than five servings is risky. Folks in the Harvard study who ate just two servings a day of fruits and vegetables were 12% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, 10% more likely to die from cancer and 35% more likely to die from respiratory diseases.
Not all fruits and vegetables convey benefits, however: Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn, as well as fruit juices, didn't lower the risk of chronic disease or death. But green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, as well as carrots, citrus fruits and berries, provided health-promoting benefits.
Check out some easy fruit and veggie recipes below!