basketThe current guidelines suggesting that people should eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day are inadequate, according to some health experts. They believe that the number should be raised to a minimum of seven or even ten portions per day in the wake of new research that shows eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables cut the risk of death by as much as forty two percent.

The Mediterranean diet is a good example of what more people should be consuming, which includes a great deal of fruit, salad and olives, with meat included only as a rare treat.

People who eat a minimum of seven fruit and vegetable portions per day reduce their risk of death from almost any cause, according to researchers from University College London, with their study also showing that the strongest protective effort was created by fresh vegetables, followed by salad, with fruit in third place. By contrast, tinned fruit was found to be bad for your health.