Fruits and Vegetables Help You Live Longer

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, This Land of Ours

liveLet’s go back to your New Year’s resolution. It most likely had something to do with diet, losing weight, or living a healthy life. Cathy Isom looks into a study about the foods that could help you live longer. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Fruits and Vegetables Help You Live Longer

Eat more fruits and vegetables for a longer, healthier life. That’s according to scientists in Sweden who tested the correlation between an anti-inflammatory diet and all-cause and cause-specific mortality, but also how an anti-inflammatory diet may help you live longer.

The research involved more than 68-thousand men and women, ages 45 to 83, over a 16-year period. Participants who most closely followed an anti-inflammatory diet had an 18% lower risk of all-cause mortality, a 20% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality, and a 13% lower risk of cancer mortality, when compared with those who followed the diet to a lesser degree. Smokers who followed the diet experienced even greater benefits when compared with smokers who did not follow the diet.

Anti-inflammatory foods consist of fruits and vegetables, tea, coffee, whole grain bread, breakfast cereal, low-fat cheese, olive oil and canola oil, nuts, chocolate, and moderate amounts of red wine and beer.

The study can be found in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

I’m Cathy Isom…