You may experience many of the positive health benefits associated with fruit and vegetable consumption, including:
- Greater overall health. Fruit and vegetable consumption has been linked to a decrease in the incidence of stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers.
- Greater heart health. Multiple studies have shown that the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the lower your risk is for heart disease.
- Greater mental performance and brain health. One study spanning 27 years found that women who ate the highest amount of cruciferous vegetables (top 20 percent) had higher cognition than those who ingested the least amount (bottom 20 percent). Several studies have linked high fruit and vegetable consumption to better cognitive function.
- Greater respiratory/lung health. In a study involving more than 450,000 participants, researchers discovered that those ingesting more than 569g of fruits and vegetables daily had a 27-percent reduction in dying from respiratory problems compared with those ingesting less than 249g per day.
- Greater gut health. In the same study mentioned above, researchers found that those ingesting more than 569g of fruits and vegetables daily had a 40-percent reduction in dying from gastrointestinal problems compared with those ingesting less than 249g per day.
- Greater weight management, cellular and sexual health. Multiple studies have shown that consuming high levels of fruits and vegetables helps with maintaining a healthy weight, maintaining cellular health and may even help with sexual function.