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Seven servings of fruits and veggies helps prevent death

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Mom always said eat your veggies and now it's not just five fruits and veggies a day.

A new study says getting seven or more can prolong your life and it says vegetables are better than fruit.

"The study was showing that getting more phyto-nutrients, fiber and antioxidants from vegetables, which are lower calorie lower sugar are more beneficial,” registered dietitian Angela Moeding said.

Researchers at University College London say eating seven servings of vegetables and fruit a day decreases your risk of death from a number of diseases by 42-percent compared with those eating one serving or less.

While seven servings of fruits and vegetables may sound impossible, portion sizes may be smaller than you think.

“A serving of vegetables would be a half cup of cooked vegetables like this broccoli, about a cup of raw vegetables or two cups of leafy greens,” Moeding said.

A good tip, get a variety of color, then hide vegetables in omelets, meat loaf and soups, have a salad for lunch.

But it’s not always easy, even for nutrition experts!

"Probably not seven. I try to but I do sneak a lot into my family's diet as much as I can and nobody's perfect even dietitians,” Moeding said.

The study also found salad reduced the risk of death by 16-percent and a portion of fresh fruit reduced your risk by 4-percent.

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