Five reasons to eat five portions of fruit and veg

Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay
healthy. That’s why it’s so important that we get enough of them.

  • Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  •  They’re
    an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy
    gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high
    in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
  •  They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
  •  Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy and balanced diet.
  •  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 fry them or roast them in lots of oil). That’s why eating them can
help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your heart healthy.

To
get the most benefit out of your 5 A DAY, your five portions should
include a variety of fruit and vegetables. This is because 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 pure juices. Potatoes and cassava don’t count because
they mainly contribute starch to the diet.

Source: NHS choices

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