By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Here is a great argument for eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
We know an apple a day was good for you – but now we know exactly how good. A single daily serving of fruits or vegetables is linked to a 5% lower risk of dying early – from any cause.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
Think about that. All you have to do is add a single serving every day.
But even more interesting – each fruit or vegetable that you add to your daily intake is tied to a 5 percent additional drop in that risk, up to five servings a day.MORE NEWS: Pirates' Crowe, 2 Relievers 1-Hit Phillies, End 4-Game Skid
The information is from the NIH and Harvard – two very reliable sources.