If you love salads, you’ll probably feel even better about eating your leafy greens after hearing this news. These vegetables just might reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in BMJ and reported by HealthDay News.

For the study, researchers analyzed six studies linking diet with type 2 diabetes risk. Scientists found that people who ate about one and a half servings of these green leafy veggies each day lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 14 percent compared with those who ate less than one serving.

“[The research is] a reminder of just how important dietary factors are in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes,” said Jim Mann, a diabetes researcher and coauthor of a commentary accompanying the study. “There’s far more evidence for this than for any drug treatments,” he noted.

Although the analysis didn’t focus on eating more fruits and vegetables in general, researchers still recommended consuming more of them. In fact, as Mann said, there’s evidence that green leafy vegetables could be included as one of the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

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