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Fruit and Vegetables

The Importance of Fruit and Vegetables in the Diet

How much fruit and vegetables should I be eating ?

In general you should be eating lots of fruit and vegetables each day. In fact the fruit and vegetables should make up about a third of the food you consume each day. It is also important that you eat a variety. Five-a-day is a good achievable target.

5 A Day

If you count your portions each day it might help you to increase the amount you eat. Fresh, Frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables all count. Also 100% fruit or vegetable juice and pure fruit smoothies count. Beans and pulses, such as baked beans and lentils also contribute to this group. Look out for the government’s five-a-day logo on pre-packed fruit and vegetables.

What is a portion ?

One portion is equal to 80g = any of these

Why it’s important ?


Fruit and vegetable are good sources of many vitamins and minerals, yet most of us do not eat enough of them. There is mounting evidence to suggest that people who eat lots of fruit and vegetables are less likely to develop chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and some cancers. It is also worth noting that fruit and vegetables are very low in fat.



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