Longevity with fruits and vegetables
Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, many related to health and wellness, exercise and weight loss – all made with intentions to help us live longer and happier lives. A recent study reinforces how including fruits and vegetables as part of our annual dietary promise may contribute to longevity .
The study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, examined how an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, which includes eating high amounts of fruits and vegetables, influenced mortality in over 68,000 Swedish men and women. Diets were assessed using the Anti-Inflammatory Diet Index (AIDI), a measurement of inflammation relative to foods consumed. Over the 16-year follow-up, there were just over 16,000 deaths due to cardiovascular disease or cancer. They found that participants who were highest on the AIDI were between 13-20% lower risk of mortality, including from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Aim to be your healthiest version of you this year – with fruits and vegetables! We challenge you to get 10 servings a day for maximum health and longevity. Kick your day off with this Fruit Salad Smoothie and get the benefits of 7 different fruits and vegetables plus 100% pineapple juice!
Just in case you need a refresher on what counts as a serving, here’s a reminder:
2 cups of leafy greens = 1 serving vegetables
1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables = 1 serving
1 cup of fruit = 1 serving
8 oz of fruit juice = 1 serving
½ cup of dried fruit = 1 serving