Q. What are your thoughts on the recent meta study from scientists at the Imperial College London, that shows ’10 a day’ or 800g of veggies and fruit reduces risk for several diseases? I started eating 800 grams of veg/fruit a day after the study came out and my family and friends think I’m nuts! I figure it can’t hurt to up my intake to this level though?
A. The recent meta-analysis study completed in the UK on fruit and vegetable intake confirms and reinforces the scientific evidence we know in the United States: to help prevent chronic diseases, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday. This current study recommends consuming 10 fruits and vegetables which is equivalent to 10, 3 oz (80 gram) servings, thus 800 grams/day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises Americans to, “Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables,” which is about 4 to 6 cups/day based on one’s needs. Both guidelines can be met with good meal planning.
Public health studies continue to demonstrate reduction in disease risk by consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables daily. Make sure you meet your daily recommendation and remember all forms matter, fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice.