Fruits and vegetables are brimming with fiber, plus a whole range of vitamins and minerals, and because they’re low in calories, they make an important and healthy addition to any diet.
FRUITS and VEGETABLES – FIVE A DAY
Scientific studies have shown that people who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables may have a lower risk of getting illnesses, such as heart disease and some cancers. For this reason, health authorities recommend that you eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day – and it doesn’t matter whether they’re fresh, tinned, frozen, cooked, juiced or dried.
HOW MUCH IS A PORTION?
One piece of medium-sized fruit – for example, an apple, peach, banana or orange
One slice of large fruit, such as melon, mango or pineapple
One handful of grapes or two handfuls of cherries or berry fruits
One tablespoon of dried fruit
A glass (roughly 100ml) of fruit or vegetable juice
A small tin (roughly 200g) of fruit
A side salad
A serving (roughly 100g) of vegetables – for example, frozen or mushy peas, boiled carrots or stir-fried broccoli
The vegetables served in a portion of vegetable curry, lasagne, stir-fry or casserole
So how does this advice translate to real life? How do you make sure that you get your five portions a day? Here’s some ideas:
Glass of pink grapefruit juice for breakfast = 1 portion
Small pack of dried apricots for mid-morning snack, instead of a chocolate bar or bag of crisps = 1 portion
Side salad with lunch = 1 portion
Sugar snap peas and asparagus, served with main meal = 1 portion
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.