New study finds eating seven servings of fruits & vegetables each day prolongs life

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

A new study finds people need to eat more fruit and vegetables.

The study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health says getting seven or more servings each day will prolong your life, and also points out that vegetables are better than fruit.

Seven servings is up from the previously recommended five servings per day.

"The study was showing that getting more phytonutrients, fiber and antioxidants from vegetables, which are lower calorie, lower sugar, are more beneficial," said University of Minnesota Medical Center registered dietitian Angela Moeding.

The researchers at University College London said eating seven servings decreases your risk of death from a number of diseases by 42 percent, compared with those eating less than one serving.

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