The association between eating more fruit and vegetables and reduction in mortality, especially related to cancer and cardiovascular disease, is well established in this paper. One of the major challenges, however, is how we can translate this into practice.
With an increasing elderly population this poses difficulties for individuals who may no longer possess the physiological fitness required to source, prepare and consume fresh fruit and vegetables. More therefore needs to be done to help us understand how we can improve the diets of older people to prevent an increasing health burden which could be solved through simply eating more fruit and vegetables.
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