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Eating more than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day won’t help you live any longer, claim researchers.

A major study shows that five a day is the optimum for reducing the chances of dying at any age – especially from heart problems – but that eating additional fruit and veg is unlikely to make a difference.

It comes after a call by some experts in March for the five-a-day message to be revised upwards to seven-a-day because of British research by University College London suggesting that it led to the lowest risk of premature death.

In the latest study, researchers from China and Harvard School of Public Health in the US reviewed 16 studies involving more than 830,000 people and confirmed that five portions appeared best.

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