A British study surveyed a representative study of several thousand people, and then it tracked them all for several years. People who reported eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day were over 40 percent less likely to die over a period of seven years. Even people who reported eating three to five servings of produce each day had a much lower risk of passing away than people who reported eating zero to one servings.
Of course, other factors might come into play, and the study authors admitted this. However, the results still remained conclusive even when they accounted for people with some bad lifestyle choices like smoking, a lack of exercise, and a high body mass index. This study does not conclusively prove that eating seven servings of healthy produce a day will help people live longer, but it certainly makes a strong argument that it can’t hurt.
Can You Eat Your Vegetables (and Fruit)?
All this time, the perfect anti-aging solution has probably been right there in the produce aisle of your grocery store. And no, the extra pickles and lettuce on top of your fast food burgers probably do not count as a serving. Every extra couple of servings of fruit and vegetables that you can add to your daily diet may help you enjoy a healthier and longer life.
Some older people have to live on fixed incomes, and fresh fruit and vegetables can get expensive. These are some good ways to slip a few extra servings in without busting your budget:
- Canned and frozen fruit and vegetables work to, but watch the added ingredients like sugar and salt.
- Look for produce that’s in-season in your local area. For example, avocados can get very expensive during the winter, but they get relatively cheap in the spring.
- Check out local farmer’s markets for great deals, and you can support your health and local growers.
If you are not used to eating a lot of fruit and vegetables, it can be tough to adjust your diet at first. However, once you start making a habit out of including certain types of greens or melons, you might start to miss them when you run out.
Tips to help you ease a few more servings of produce into your daily diet:
- Enjoy a salad with lunch and dinner, and get creative with it.
- Slice up apples, melons, or other types of fruit you like, so you can grab them out of the fridge for a quick snack.
- Try spreading avocados or guacamole on sandwiches instead of mayo.
- Dice up zucchini for your next batch of pasta sauce.
- Try baking one of those spaghetti squashes, and use it instead of regular pasta.
If you have spent time and money looking for the perfect anti-aging cure, you might have missed it because you were not looking in your fridge or the produce aisle. If you include more produce in your diet every day, you may also find yourself forgetting about unhealthy snacks like chips and candy bars. Your body will get nutrients that it needs, and it may stop sending you cravings.