Fruit, veg motto busted
As little as three serves of fruit and vegetables a day are enough to stave off heart attacks, stroke and death.
Australian guidelines recommend adults consume two fruits and five vegetables, which is about 675g, a day.
A study of more than 135,000 people discovered just three to four large serves of fruit, legumes and vegetables, about 375-400g, is protective against heart disease, stroke and death.
Additional serves were found to do nothing beneficial.
When three to four serves of fruit, vegetables and legumes were consumed the risk of death dropped by 35 per cent with a 27 per cent drop in cardiovascular death. Rose Brennan