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10/01/2022

Why 5 A Day?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help you stay healthy. It’s important that you eat enough of them.

In the usual fashion, many are dawning new diets, eating regimes and fitness plans as we face a new year. It’s important to look after your body and mind, fruit and vegetables are a great source of fuel for our bodies, and typically contain fewer calories than other foods. However, there’s more to it than that. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That’s 5 portions of fruit and veg in total, not 5 portions of each. Following the status quo that one portion of fruit or vegetables is 80g.

We’ve all heard it from nursery until now, and still hear it – get your five a day! but why five a day? If you want to be technical and really know, the advice comes from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables every day – 400g = 5 x 80g portions, hence five a day. This amount of fruit and veg each day is enough to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers.

If you’re still not convinced, here are five top reasons to add fruit and veg to your diet:

  1. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  2. They’re an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
  3. They can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancers.
  4. Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
  5. Fruit and vegetables taste delicious and there’s so much variety to choose from.

Fruit and vegetables are also usually low in fat and calories (provided you don’t you do not fry them or roast them in lots of oil, so no more greasy mushrooms on the Sunday fry-up). That’s why eating them can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your heart healthy.

To get the most out of your 5 A Day, your 5 portions should include a variety of fruit and vegetables, different fruits and vegetables contain different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 A Day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Starch heavy vegetables – like potatoes, sweet potatoes and cassava – do not count.

If you’re ready to add some fresh fruit and veg to your diet, browse our range of boxes.

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