COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) – A fascinating report is a summary of three European studies that said what people eat doesn’t just help slow down obvious signs of aging such as wrinkles.
Local 12 News talked with public health experts about it at the Northern Kentucky Health Department. In the study aging wasn’t just wrinkles. It included exhaustion, low activity, poor grip, being unable to stand quickly, and slow walking. All simple things people can reduce with the right combination of fruits and vegetables every day, researchers found.
Researchers actually found what’s called a “dose response” when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables. That means the more of them they ate the lower the risk they were to show the signs of aging.
Julie Shapero of the NKY Health Dept. said, “Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants, and they taste delicious.”
Researchers at Tufts University said those who ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day were at almost a 70 percent lower risk of showing the signs of aging over a two-year period when the guidelines were followed. The strongest association was seen in those who actually ate two servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit to total five a day. It may seem easy but the most recent health and nutrition examination survey which looked at what people eat each year found very few get that many in a day.
They actually found the average person eats one and a half servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and that counts french fries and ice berg lettuce!