Using the “5-a-day” guidelines, only one in ten people eat enough fruit and veggies

As bad as the headline sounds, this statistic is actually the GOOD news.

The bad news is that the recommended “5-a-day” is an old recommendation that dates back to the 1990s.

Today experts are recommending 10 servings of fruit and veggies a day. And when we switch to THAT recommendation, only about 1% of the population is consuming adequate amounts!

As the “10 servings a day” guideline has become more widely accepted the Centers for Disease Control and the Produce for Better Health Foundation have launched a national campaign with the message, “Fruits & Veggies–More Matters.

Meanwhile, media outlets and universities in the UK are pushing their own “For a longer life, eat 10 a day” campaign.

These campaigns are reflecting updated research showing that the old 5-a-day simply doesn’t cut it.

A recent study on fruit and vegetable intake was conducted by Imperial College London. The results indicated that an increase to 10-a-day could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

The conclusions were made by pooling data on 95 separate studies quantifying the eating habits of two million people.

Back in the U.S., if we use government guidelines regarding “servings” we can determine that adults need anywhere from 7 to 13 cups of produce to accomplish a 10-servings-a-day intake.

Note that the “10 to 13 cups” variance is due to differences in raw versus cooked foods, and the different densities of foods. For example, it would take two cups of raw loose spinach to equal a real cup or “serving” per the guidelines.

If you accomplish the 10-a-day goal, though, there will be tremendous benefits. The long list includes protection against obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

There is also evidence that a higher fruit and veggie intake equates to fewer colds and flus, increased energy, and a stronger overall immune system.

Accomplish 10-a-day with some easy fixes

For many of us, it’s been a challenge to fit even five servings of fruits and veggies into our daily diets.

So, how can we hope to eat as many as 13 cups of fruit and veggies each day?

It might be easier than you think. You can use the simple tools of variety and technology to your advantage…

Numerous websites contain easy recipe ideas to increase your fruit and veggie intake. A variety of veggies cooked different ways can keep your meals exciting–and your family happy!

Then to take advantage of technology, consider supplementing with an advanced fruit and vegetable formula like Fruit & Veggie Total.

When consuming fruits and vegetalbes it’s not only the quantity you need to consider, but also the variety you’re consuming.

Fruit & veggie drink mixes can help you consume the WIDE VARIETY of fruits and veggies you need.

You need this because a wide variety of fruits and veggies are necessary to offset different health threats?

For example, the Imperial College London study found that lower risks of cancer were linked to eating green vegetables, yellow vegetables and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower.

At the same time the study linked lower rates of heart disease and stroke more with eating apples, pears and citrus fruits.

These differences corroborate earlier research on how antioxidants offset free radicals. And that’s just the tip of the iceburg, focusing on two disease areas.

It is now known that there are FIVE different kinds of free radicals that attack different parts of the immune system.

[Click here to view the free radical/antioxidant list.]

This is why a supplemental drink such as Fruit & Veggie Total can be such a boon to your health.

It’s blended with a total of 40 fruits, vegetables and herbs to ensure it contains the antioxidant variety necessary to neutralize all five of the known free radicals.

In fact, potency testing of this unique formula allows us to make nine government-approved structure function claims regarding its health benefits.

Plus Fruit & Veggie Total tastes great… and you can mix it up in about 30 seconds!