Forget five portions of fruit and veg per day? Forget seven portions a day? Research by Imperial College London suggests that consuming ten portions a day could be more beneficial and help prevent 7.8 million premature deaths every year.
Gallagher, J. (2017). Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day. London: BBC Health News, February 23rd 2017.
This relates to:
Aune, DE. Giovannucci, P. [and] Boffetta, LT. [et al] (2017). Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality–a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies. International Journal of Epidemiology. February 22nd 2017. [Epub ahead of print].
Reducing the Risk of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables is also associated with a reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia:
Jiang, X. Huang, J. [and] Song, D. [et al] (2017). Increased consumption of fruit and vegetables is related to a reduced risk of cognitive impairment and dementia: meta-analysis. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. February 7th 2017; 9: 18.