Fruits and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet and increased daily consumption could help prevent major diseases such as certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases . Recommendations from various international and US agencies are that optimal diets for preventing chronic disease should include 400 to 800 g/day of fruits and vegetables , equivalent to five to nine servings . In 2003, the World Health Organization held a meeting on fruit and vegetable consumption in relation to health promotion and prevention of chronic disease . Many of the key findings of the WHO report emphasized the magnitude of impact that a change in dietary quality could make for populations around the world.
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