Fruit and veg gives you the edge


The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE -

I sin­cerely hope you have taken ac­tion and started ex­er­cis­ing and push­ing your heartrate into the fat burn­ing zone. Daily rou­tines are tough but if you do it long enough, it be­comes a habit and you will be lost with­out it, so not mat­ter what, quit­ting is not an op­tion.

What is next on your agenda? Let’s look at re­search and sug­gest that eat­ing more fruit and veg­eta­bles and at least eight to 10 por­tions will help you live longer. A study done by the Im­pe­rial Col­lege of Lon­don re­search found that 7.8 mil­lion pre­ma­ture deaths could be avoided through health­ier eat­ing habits. The se­cret lies in the por­tion size. The study shows that a high con­sump­tion of fruit and veg­eta­bles is the way to go. The re­searchers rec­om­mend a daily por­tion of 10 serv­ings or 800g.

The ques­tion one would pose is then why are these foods so healthy? Dr Dagfinn Aune, one of the re­searchers, be­lieves that it is due to the com­plex net­work groups these foods hold. Most of these foods con­tain an­tiox­i­dants which help pre­vent cel­lu­lar dam­age at DNA level. By keep­ing the DNA struc­ture in­tact, it means at cel­lu­lar level you are health­ier and have a re­duced risk of can­cer.

If you are not one for stomach­ing fruits or veg­eta­bles by them­selves then look at in­vest­ing a juice blender and mak­ing some de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious smooth­ies. The best part about smooth­ies – be­sides them tast­ing great – is that you can jam so many dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions to­gether and get the max­i­mum health ben­e­fit out if it. You could quite eas­ily hit four por­tions of fruit or/and veg­gies in one blend. If you tweet me on @SeanVS­taden, I will send you to my Pin­ter­est ac­count and there you will get ex­act re­cip­ies on how to make a de­signer health smoothie.

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