5 / Day May Not Be Enough

5 / Day May Not Be Enough

May 2, 2017

If you thought eating the recommended FIVE portions a day of fruit and vegetables was a challenge, the latest research shows that may be WAY too little!


A meta analysis of all available global research including 2 million people and major diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cardio vascular disease and cancer has some VERY surprising news. The study was reported in the International Journal of Epidemiology in February 2017 so it’s very current.

According to the lead author, Dr. Dagfinn Aune, the goal was “to determine how much fruit and vegetables you need to eat to gain the maximum protection against diseases and premature death”.

The research team concluded that you really need TEN servings of fruits and vegetables per day not FIVE.

The research team estimates that approximately 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide could be prevented each year if everyone would eat TEN portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This equates to about 800 grams in total.

This is a major problem because the Government says 60% of Canadians eat less than FIVE. In the UK fewer than one in three consume five servings.

The team even recommended which fruits and vegetables were more effective. Not surprisingly (at least not to us) is that the consumption of cruciferous vegetables lead the way. They suggested eating more cruciferous vegetables to help protect against heart disease and stroke and early death.

They also said cruciferous vegetables were most closely tied to cancer prevention.

800g of fruit and vegetables was associated with:

  • 24% reduced risk of heart disease
  • 33% reduced risk of stroke
  • 28% reduced risk of cardio vascular disease
  • 13% reduced risk of total cancer
  • 31% reduced risk of dying prematurely**


Because most people already struggle with eating FIVE portions a day, TEN will be a problem!

We do however have a potential partial solution….THREE YOUR WASABI FARMS capsules provide about 50% of the recommended glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables.