Five fruit and veg a day still the best bet for preventing CVD death

30 July 2014        

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Eating seven fruit and veg a day might not protect your heart any more than the recommended five portions according to a study.

Previous research, published in the British Medical Journal in April, found eating seven portions a day at any age could help prolong your life.

Now researchers have examined data from over 830,000 people and found while every serving of fruit and veg they ate cut their risk of cardiovascular death by 5%, going beyond five a day did not provide any additional health benefits.

Victoria Taylor, our Senior Dietitian, said: “This study is another reminder that fruit and vegetables shouldn’t be an after-thought but an essential part of our meals and snacks.

Fruit and vegetables shouldn’t be an after-thought but an essential part of our meals and snacks


“Although our five a day message is well established worryingly 70% of adults are still not meeting this target.

“It may seem like a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether it’s banana with cereal for breakfast, salad in your lunchtime sandwich or swapping biscuits for fruit, there are lots of easy ways we can up our fruit and vegetable intake.

“Just remember that every extra portion you eat towards your five a day could help you keep your heart healthy.”