Eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day protects against heart disease
Eating a minimum of eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day can lower the risk of heart disease by almost a quarter, scientists have claimed.
A new study has found that eating five portions a day for a healthy life could be inadequate.
It ups the government-recommended quota which follows guidelines from the World Health Organisation that currently recommend eating 14 oz of vegetables per day.
However, the new research has found that extra portions provide additional health protection.
People who eat eight or more portions a day have a 22 per cent lower chance of dying from heart disease than someone who eats only three - the national UK average.
However, the report in the European Heart Journal admitted that this could be in part due to people who ate more vegetables also having healthier lifestyles.
19 January 2011