Seven fruits and vegetables a day. That’s what it takes to reduce death by a whopping 42 percent, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.
After following a representative sampling of 65,000 people for seven years, researchers found that those who ate more fruits and veggies were less likely to die for any reason—particularly heart disease (31 percent), stroke and cancer (25 percent).
Even if you don’t eat the full seven servings, eating some fruits and veggies still puts you on the path to better health, and the more you eat, the more you’ll benefit.
But how to munch seven servings without feeling like kale is sprouting from your ears?
Keep reading for tips plus a sample day’s meal plan to get you started.