First it was five a day, then it was 10 – a hefty 20 has even done the rounds, but how much fruit and veg should we really be eating for optimum health? Dietitian Laura Tilt reveals all.
FIVE A DAY: FACT OR MYTH?
As marketing slogans go, none has been commandeered quite as successfully as ‘taste the rainbow’ has by the wellness industry.
While getting your five a day used to feel like a chore – there’s nothing appetising about a limp salad leaf – the rise of veggie feeds on the ’gram and cookbooks on the shelves have made the process more palatable.
But is there such a thing as the magic number?
The roots of the five-a-day message can be traced back to a 1990 recommendation from the World Health Organization, linking a daily dose of 400g of fruit and veg with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. Divide that into 80g servings and what do you get? Five a day.
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The UK government launched a campaign around this idea in 2003, but since then, we’ve had claim and counter-claim, with the true number being stated as anything from three to 20.
Original Article : THIS IS HOW MUCH FRUIT AND VEG YOU SHOULD REALLY BE EATING
By: Women’s Health