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“Vegetables have a larger effect than fruit, but fruit still makes a real difference. If you’re happy to snack on carrots or other vegetables, then that is a great choice but if you fancy something sweeter, a banana or any fruit will also do you good,” Oyebode added.

It is important to note that the study found that canned fruit actually appeared to increase the risk of death by 17 percent, more than likely due to the high levels of sugar typically found in many varieties of canned fruit.

5 Ways To Get In More Fruits & Vegetables Every Day

Drink fruit (and veggie) smoothies for breakfast. When you’re making that morning smoothie, throw in a few extra pieces of fruit…and a handful of kale or spinach as well. The sweet and fruity taste will actually mask the flavor of the vegetables.

Eat more soup for lunch. Water-based soups are a great, and filling, way to incorporate more vegetables in your diet.

Eat a salad with dinner. Not only will you fill up on healthy vegetables, but eating a salad before your main course will help prevent you from overeating anything that comes afterwards.

Change up your greens. Instead of light green veggies, such as iceburg lettuce, switch things up and build your salads with kale and spinach, which pack more of a nutritional punch.

Eat dessert. Enjoy a cup of berries, or another favorite fruit, drizzled with dark chocolate sauce.

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