The Number of Veggies You Should Be Eating Is More Than You Think

How many servings of fruit and vegetables to you commit to each day? A recent article in New Scientists insists that we should be doubling our daily intake of fruit and vegetables. "Five a day just doesn't cut it anymore—we should be eating 10 portions of fruit or vegetables a day to reduce our chances of dying from a heart attack or cancer." These claims are based on a review of 95 previous studies that analyze the relationship between diet and health.

"Five a day is good," says Dagfinn Aune of the Imperial College of London. "But more is even better." According to this recent review, individuals who ate 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day had nearly a third lower risk of death from health-related disease than those who ate no fruit or vegetables over the course of the studies (that lasted three to 30 years). Consumption of cruciferous vegetables—like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale—was associated with a reduction in the risk of cancer.

So if your current daily dose of fruits and vegetables if five servings or fewer, commit to upping your intake to take advantage of the numerous health benefits.

Next, discover 12 protein-packed vegetarian dinners to add to your repertoire.