How Many Fruits and Vegetables Should You Be Eating?
According to Choose My Plate, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the amount of fruits and vegetables we eat every day depends on age, gender and level of physical activity. The daily recommendations, based these factors, range anywhere from 1 to 2 cups of fruit, and 1 to 3 cups of vegetables.
Following a Primarily Raw Plant-Based Diet
For those of you who consume these suggested amounts every day, we have a message for you: It's certainly a great start, but it's simply not enough. You see, on The Hallelujah Diet you consume nothing but plant-sourced foods, 85 percent raw and 15 percent cooked.
When you eliminate processed meals, sugary snacks, meats and dairy products, that leaves only the freshest sustenance of the earth for consumption – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Since we believe that God's Original Diet, an inspiration from Genesis 1:29, was His gift to us, showing us the way to fuel our bodies properly with natural, living foods, we believe 1 to 3 servings of fruits and vegetables isn't enough.
Some research even suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables every day reduces cancer and heart disease risk, ultimately promoting longevity.
"Research suggests eating 10 portions of fruits and vegetables daily."
Aim for 10 portions a day
Researchers at Imperial College London analyzed 95 studies to determine if eating more than the recommended five-a-day was more beneficial for overall wellbeing. The researchers assessed 2 million people, some living with heart disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer, some who had a stroke and others who had passed.
In their findings, the researchers assessed that individuals who ate at least five portions of fruits and vegetables per day had a lowered risk of disease, but those who ate closer to 10 portions were in better shape. In fact, the researchers concluded that 7.8 million of the premature deaths worldwide in 2013 had the potential to be prevented if people ate between five and 10 portions of fruits and vegetables every day.
These suggestions make sense to us, and they align with God's plan – to fuel our bodies with an abundance of the natural sustenance of the earth, as it provides the proper fuel we need to heal our systems back to health. If you're interested in learning about what a normal day on the Hallelujah Diet looks like, check out our Get Started Guide.