What is new in this study is that researchers saw a direct “dose-response relationship” between fruit and vegetable intake and disease.
Basically the more fruits and vegetables people ate, the less likely they were to have heart problems or die prematurely.
“The Lyon Diet Heart Study and the PREDIMED study have shown a significant reduction of cardiovascular events by a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern which includes a large amount of fruits and vegetables”
Wei Bao, a postdoctoral fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, Maryland, August 2014.
The study summary said “Compared to people who ate no fruits or vegetables, those who ate one serving per day were roughly five percent less likely to die of any cause over the course of the studies. And with every additional serving, the risk of death decreased by another five percent…”
Study by Dr. Frank B. Hu, of the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, on more than 800,000 people. The fresh analysis of 16 existing large prospective cohort studies from U.S., Asia and Europe, followed people for up to 26 years, took into account other health and mortality factors, and was published in “Fruit and vegetable consumption and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies” as published in BMJ 2014;349:g4490 on July 29, 2014.