Fruit and vegetables (f + v) form an important component of a balanced diet and are also essential for keeping us healthy. This is why it is paramount that we meet the fruit and vegetable recommendations.
Origins of 5 A Day:
The recommendation to aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day emerged when robust scientific research showed that those who consume a diet rich in fruit and vegetables had significantly lower rates of disease e.g. lowers the risk of health issues including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, obesity and some cancers.
What do fruit and vegetables contain that make them so invaluable to health?
They are an important source of essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, dietary fibre, which may help lower blood cholesterol and phytochemicals.
What are the Recommendations: The World Health Organisation recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day, which equates to five 80g portions per day (five portions of fruit and vegetables altogether, not five portions of each!) As a guide, many health professionals have translated a portion as what would fit into the palm of your hand
What form counts?
How to incorporate them into your day
Sophie Bruno is a Registered Dietitian living and working in Brussels (Belgium). Read Sophie's foodie blog which will enable you to learn, increase your knowledge & cultivate yourself in the field of nutrition & health directly from Brussels