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Forget Five, 7-a-Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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Forget Five, 7-a-Day Keeps The Doctor Away
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If you thought you were on your way to better health by eating five servings of fruits and veggies a day, you may want to alter your plan. Scientists now claim it takes seven-a-day to keep the doctor away.

Seven seems to be the magic number for not just keeping you healthy, but happy. That's according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Warwick who studied the eating habits of 80,000 Brits.

Researchers found that regardless of the type of fruit or vegetable consumed, wellness peaked at seven servings, as reported in MedicalXpress. Each serving size was approximantely 80 grams or about 3 oz. This new information alters nutritional guidelines in most Western countries that for years have recommended 5-a-day.

The study, which was a dual effort with Dartmouth College, also revealed that a quarter of the population consumes just one fresh fruit or vegetable a day, or none at all. Only a tenth of the population is actually enjoying 7-a-day, according to the study.

''The statistical power of fruits and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers,'' said Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School. Stewart-Brown co-authored the study along with David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald.

Findings of the study will be published inSocial Indicators Research journal. If you are intrigued by these findings, you can read a copy of the full study.

Via Medical Xpress

Study co-author Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, said "The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers."

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-a-day-happiness-mental-health.html#jCp
Study co-author Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, said "The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers."

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-a-day-happiness-mental-health.html#jCp
Study co-author Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, said "The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers."

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-a-day-happiness-mental-health.html#jCp
"The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers."

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-10-a-day-happiness-mental-health.html#jC
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