There is a lot of truth to the hype in the press about the beneficial effects of fruit and vegetables for your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that diets which are rich in fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Furthermore, essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances which are important for good health are found in fruit and vegetables. SINC reported on Sept. 25, 2013, "Experts confirm that fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of mortality."
A European study has supported the suggestion of previous studies that fruit and vegetable consumption lowers all-cause mortality, and especially cardiovascular disease mortality. This study, which has been published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology", was directed by researchers from ten different countries. María José Sánchez Pérez, one of the authors of the research, has said, “This study is the most significant epidemiological study that this association has examined to date.”
A combined fruit and vegetable consumption of greater than 569 grams per day lowers the risk of mortality by 10% and delays the risk of mortality by 1.12 years in comparison to a consumption of less than 249 grams per day, according to the study. Also, for each 200 gram increase in daily fruit and vegetable consumption, the mortality risk falls by 6%. One of the most effective preventative measures for cancer and other chronic diseases, while lowering mortality risk, is to eat more fruit and vegetables.