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Protective effects of fruits and vegetables in the diet

Gary Williamson (Gary Williamson is Head of the Cellular Metabolism and Enzymology Group in the Food Molecular Biochemistry Department at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 February 1996



The current recommendation of the World Health Organisation is to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day for optimal health. This is the result of a large body of research into the effect of whole foods and food components on biological systems, combined with epidemiological studies. Presents some of the mechanisms by which these components may act. Shows also the types of fruit and vegetables which would make a good combination for “five‐a‐day”. The benefits from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables vary between individuals but include lowered risks of cancer, heart disease and cataract.



Williamson, G. (1996), "Protective effects of fruits and vegetables in the diet", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 96 No. 1, pp. 6-10.




Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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