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] The Food Guide Pyramid states that you should consume 3-5 servings of vegetables daily, but if you truly want to be healthy, trim and disease-free for life you should actually aim to consume between 12-20 servings. Sadly most Americans consume less than 2 servings of veggies per day, which helps to explain the current epidemic of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.