It’s no secret that eating fruit and vegetables is healthy. There are many reasons we should incorporate more fruit and vegetables into our diets to ensure we get our recommended 5 a day.
No doubt you are aware that the current recommendation is to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This came from the World Health Organisation who suggest that 400g of fruit and vegetables a day lowers the risk of serious health problems.
But how many of us actually achieve this on a regular basis?
Although this is a recommendation The National Diet & Nutrition Survey found that less than a third of adults and only 1 in 10 children reach the WHO’s recommended target.
Need some inspriation?
For some people a deterrent to eating more fruit and vegetables is the limited shelf-life. In my ‘How To Eat Healthy On A Budget’ post I suggest frozen and/or tinned fruit as a simple solution to this.
More tips & tricks can be found within the NHS website.
Sometimes this is hard to figure out.
15 raisins? or 150 raisins?
1 whole carrot? Or 10 pieces of carrot?
The NHS also published guidelines of this too under their “what counts” page.
They suggest that one portion of fruit and vegetables is equivalent to; 80g of fresh, canned and/or frozen fruit and vegetables or 80g or dried fruit.
Some portions only count once within one day such as 150ml of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie and 80g of beans and pulses. These only count once a day no matter how much you eat of them. This is because they contain fewer nutrients than other fruit and vegetable options, although they are a strong source of fibre.
It is important to note that potatoes do not count as one of your 5 a day. This is because when eaten as a meal, potatoes are a starchy food which often replaces other starchy alternatives such as bread, pasta or rice.
Although let’s not forget that potatoes do have nutritional value as they are a good source of energy, fibre, B vitamins and potassium.
So there really are plenty of ways we can incorporate more fruit and vegetables into our diet. What’s stopping you?
I'm Aimee creator of 'Aims On Health'.
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