Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is associated with a reduced risk of early death, according to a new study released by the American Heart Association.
While two of these servings should be fruits, the other three should be vegetables. This amount offers the maximum benefits in terms of prevention of chronic diseases.
But, not all fruits and vegetables count!
The study suggests that starchy vegetables, peas, potatoes and corns do not offer the same benefits.
Green leafy vegetables, however, that are rich in vitamin C and beta carotene like spinach and kale, did show results.
Fruits including berries and citrus fruits were found to be beneficial. Fruit juice, however, did not fall in the category.