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Fruit and veg: Five-a-day is OK, says study

Published on Jul 30, 2014 6:53 AM

PARIS (AFP) - British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.

But a new foray into the arena of sound eating says the famous five-a-day recommendation made by the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2003 should be fine.

Researchers in China and the United States trawled through 16 published investigations into diet and health involving more than 830,000 participants, who were followed for periods ranging from 41/2 years to 26 years.

Every additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables reduced the average risk of premature death from all causes by 5 per cent, the scientists found.

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