Saturday 24 June 2017

Veg cuts cancer risk - if you eat 10 portions a day

While eating the recommended five a day still helps reduce risk of cancer, the highest benefits are seen when people consume 10 portions. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
While eating the recommended five a day still helps reduce risk of cancer, the highest benefits are seen when people consume 10 portions. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Ella Pickover

Eating 10 portions of fruit and vegetables every day could significantly reduce a person's risk of heart disease and cancer, a new study has found.

While eating the recommended five a day still helps reduce risk, the highest benefits are seen when people consume 10 portions, researchers found.

Researchers from Imperial College London analysed data from 95 studies concerning fruit and vegetable intake.

Consuming 10 portions a day was associated with a 24pc reduced risk of heart disease, a 33pc lower risk of stroke, a 28pc reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a 13pc reduced risk of cancer and a 31pc reduction in the risk of dying prematurely.

The researchers found that apples and pears, citrus fruits, salads and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli may help protect against heart disease and early death.

Cancer risk could be reduced by eating green vegetables.

Irish Independent

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