In church, I learned that 7 is the Creator’s number of completion, because He created the world in 7 days, and 7 days completes one week. Joshua and the children of Israel walked around Jericho 7 times a day for 7 days before capturing the city and it’s inhabitants. Jesus told His followers to forgive 70 x 7. The number 7 when pertaining to your diet may increase your lifespan.
A study of 65,2226 individuals indicated that eating 7 servings daily of vegetables and fruits decreased the over all risk of dying from anything. The government is comfortable sticking to the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization, which recommends 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. It has also been duly noted that most people struggle even with that amount.
Even so, new research indicates that eating 7 servings each day of vegetables and fruits, could decrease risk of death, by 42%. The study is not conclusive, and more research needs to be done, but we have long known that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is healthier than one filled with junk food. The study points out, that vegetables seemed to be the key.
There was no evidence that fruit alone made any difference in life span, while canned fruits because of the sugary syrup was shown to decrease lifespan. Research also is now suggesting that juicing and drinking fruit juices my raise blood sugar levels because they do not have the fiber of whole fruit. Vegetables however are fiber filled. Fiber has many benefits including slowing the metabolism of sugar in the body, and helping us feel full longer and
Researchers in both studies acknowledge that there are other factors to be considered regarding longevity of life, such as smoking, and exercise. I agree, you cannot eat 7 servings of veggies each day and expect your life to be long and healthy if you are smoking, loading up on junk food or not exercising.
Most of us are creatures of habit when it comes to our meals. Breakfast for many has been sausage, bacon and or eggs for all their lives. The idea of eating anything different is foreign. This morning my breakfast consisted of lentils, spinach and sweet corn.
This may not be the norm, but it gave me a low calorie meal, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that our bodies need. In addition I received more than 30% of my daily fiber recommendation. If this type of diet also may delay my demise from this earth, that is another benefit I will gladly receive.