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Do you remember your mother’s advice to “eat your vegetables—they’re good for you?” It’s still true!

Researchers at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands followed 2,300 individuals in eleven European countries for twelve years who adhered to a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and olive oil and low in animal products. The result was a 23 percent lower rate of death from all causes, including the big three: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Those who adopted other lifestyle practices such as exercise and nonsmoking had a 65 percent lower all-cause death rate. It might surprise you that these participants were all age 70 to 90. So it is never too late to start exercising, adopt a plant base diet, and quite smoking.1

Cost Too Much?

One of the arguments often given for not eating fruits and vegetables is that they are too expensive. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that more than 70 kinds of produce cost less than 25 cents per serving, and more than 125 are less than 50 cents per serving. Put another way, the average American spends 15 cents out of every food dollar on fruits and vegetables whereas they spend 19 cents on soda pop, candy, gum, and bakery items.2

1 “Eat Like a Mediterranean and Live Longer,” Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, November 2004.
2 “Yes, You Can Afford to Eat Healthfully,” Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, September 2004.

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By Gordon Botting. Portion reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, September 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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