Eat your yellows, oranges and reds

| Post published on June 3, 2010
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According to the results of a long-term study of 15,318 participants (published in the Archives of Internal Medicine), eating fruits and vegetables high in the powerful antioxidant alpha-carotene can lower your risk of death from any cause, including heart disease and cancer, by up to 39 per cent. Vegetables rich in alpha-carotene include yellow or orange fruit and vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, peppers, cantaloupe melon, apples, and dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, and lettuce.

Li et al., 2010. Serum a-Carotene Concentrations and Risk of Death Among US Adults: The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Follow-up Study. Archives of Internal Medicine. 171 (6) 507-515.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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