Increasing fruit and vegetable intake from five to eight servings a day prevents heart attacks and prolongs life.
For every additional serving above two per day, there is a 4% decrease in the rate of heart disease deaths (European Heart Journal, published online January 18, 2011).
Not eating enough fruits and vegetables is a major risk factor, in itself, for heart attacks and premature death.
FYI: Eight servings a day of fruits and vegetables will weigh approximately 1.5 pounds.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture have just released a report recommending that Americans eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free milk, seafood, eggs, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.
Meanwhile, we should restrict salt, refined sugars, fats, and refined grains.
A practicing physician for more than 40 years and a radio talk show host for 25, Dr. Gabe Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is one of a very few doctors board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. For more information, go to DrMirkin.com