Eating more fruit and vege won't do much to protect us from poor health
At least, thats what many people's takeaway from this new research may be..
The BBC published this article today saying that there may be no benefit beyond the 5 serves of fruit and vegetables recommended in many countries today. Why? Because in a recent study, researchers examined studies from 16 countries which showed that 2 serves of fruit, 3 serves of vege was beneficial, but the rate of people suffering from chronic diseases leading to death didn't drop any further in those who ate more than this.
The actual study says "higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was significantly associated with a lower risk of all cause mortality" and that "a significant inverse association was observed for cardiovascular mortality, while higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was not appreciably associated with risk of cancer mortality."
f that doesn't make much sense to you - it's basically saying that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the better off you, and your heart especially, will be, but eating more won't necessarily help with cancer prevention.
Here's the thing though - for the majority of the studies they examined in the analysis, they capped their fruit and vege intake categories to the 5 a day point. Plus out of the 16, only seven studies examined the relationship between fruit and vege intake and risk of all cause mortality. So it's not as strong a study as they make out.
What you need to keep in mind though, is that 6.8% of Aussies eat the recommended 5 serves of veggies a day - down 35% since 1995! So even though we know they're good for us, and this study helps to prove that - we still need to make the effort to eat more of them - not less!