Health Rules You Can Bend - Fruits and Veggies

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4. Eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

There’s no study showing that amount is optimal. Studies do show that people who eat more fruits and veggies tend to be healthier. But no one has compared five to seven servings to, for example, three to five.

So do eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. And if having a number of daily servings to shoot for helps you, great. But don't get too obsessed with that 5-7 number.

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WebMD Feature Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on April 06, 2010

Sources

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 Nina Shapiro, MD, director of pediatric otolaryngology, Mattel Children's Hospital, UCLA.

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Alice D. Domar, PhD, co-author, Live A Little!: Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health; executive director, Domar Center for Mind/Body Health; director, Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF; assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology, Harvard Medical School; senior staff psychologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Richard Stein, MD, national spokesman, American Heart Association; professor of medicine and cardiology, NYU School of Medicine.

Dennis Woo, MD, pediatrician and former chairman, pediatrics department, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

Arielle Kauvar, MD, founding director, New York Laser & Skin Care.

Stephen Ball, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology, University of Missouri.

Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, professor and chairman of otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; chairman of otolaryngology, Long Island College Hospital; editor in chief, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; chair, AAO-HNS Guideline Development Task Force.

Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, assistant director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

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