America’s most common and deadliest chronic diseases are almost exclusively caused by lifestyle factors, and of all the factors, the low-fiber, Standard American Diet (SAD), is perhaps the biggest contributor. You can markedly reduce your disease risk and enhance longevity by consuming a wholefoods, unprocessed, organic, plant-based diet; high in fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, beans, and legumes. For optimal health you also need to consume approximately 100 grams of fiber daily and vastly reduce or eliminate all sources of processed salt and saturated fat (dairy, meat, butter, eggs, fried foods, vegetable oils, and processed foods).
[sharify] Countless studies have proven fruits and vegetables help to slow down the aging process and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, macular degeneration, bowel disorders and other chronic diseases. Many of those effects aren’t immediately observable however, which makes it easier for us to shun fruits and vegetables. Recently though, a study found that eating more fruits and vegetables actually increases our happiness and wellbeing, and the effects take place almost immediately.