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Live longer with fruits and vegetables:Seven portions a day 'prevents cancer and heart disease 2014.04.09
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CURRENTLY, experts recommend we all eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. However, a recent study indicates that eating seven or more portions a day could cut the risk of cancer and heart disease.

The study was conducted by University College London (UCL) in the UK. The researchers used the National Health Survey to collect data such as diet and lifestyle from people in England.

The scientists analysed data from between 2001 and 2008. They found out that fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, followed by salad and then fruit. The study also found out that fruit juice conferred no benefit, while canned fruit appeared to increase the risks.

Dr Oyinlola Oyebode, the researcher in charge of the project, said, “The clear message here is that the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die – at any age.” She added that one portion meant about 80g (3oz) of fruit and vegetables. It is easier to understand as one large fruit or a handful of smaller fruits or vegetables.


1. portion (n)
    一份

2. risk (n)
    風險

3. lifestyle (n)
    生活方式

4. confer (v)
    授予

5. canned (adj)
    罐裝的

6. in charge (adj phr)
    負責





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  1. Which institute conducted the fruit and vegetable research?
    University of Hong Kong
    University College London
    University of London

  2. How many portions per day are recommended by the new study?
    seven
    five
    four

  3. Why are fruits and vegetables good for health?
    They contain no fibre
    They contain no vitamins
    They are rich in fibre

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