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Seven Servings Means a Longer Life

The Significance of Seven

Seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day can decrease your risk of death (by natural causes) by 42%.

Seven is a lucky number for many. In numerology, it symbolizes the seeker, the thinker, the searcher of absolute truths. The seven doesn’t take anything at face value — it is always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths. The seven knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions. Seven is a number of the natural world. There are seven days in a week, seven notes on the musical scale, and seven directions (left, right, up, down, forward, back and center). There are seven deadly sins, seven continents, seven chakras, seven colors in the rainbow, seven phases of the moon, seven natural divisions of the brain, seven functions of the nervous system, seven compartments of the heart, and seven major body organs.

OK, you get the point. It turns out that the number seven has a significant impact on our health as well.

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This is not a serving.

According to a study conducted at University College London, eating seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day decreases your risk of death by 42%. Here’s the abstract:

“Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new study. This is the first study to link fruit and vegetable consumption with all-cause, cancer and heart disease deaths in a nationally-representative population, the first to quantify health benefits per-portion, and the first to identify the types of fruit and vegetable with the most benefit.1)University College London. “New evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140331194030.htm>.

In the study, the researchers found that with each serving, your risk of death decreased by an average of 6%.

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This table summarizes the main effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on risk of death, expressed as percentage decreases.
Credit: University College London

That’s quite an incentive. Have you had your seven servings today?

Simple Ways to Get More In

  1. Pre-chop your veggies at the beginning of each week to grab and “dip” for a quick snack. Or make a huge salad in 5 minutes.
  2. Blend in a smoothie.
  3. Cook once, eat thrice. I grill 2-3 sliced potatoes, coated in butter or olive oil, every time I use my grill.


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1.University College London. “New evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140331194030.htm>.