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Five-a-day target not being reached

26th July 2012

Not enough people in the UK are eating their recommended five portions a day of fruit and vegetables.

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New figures from the government suggest that only a third of adults and 10% of children are eating their five-a-day.

On average, according to data in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey which covered 3,000 people in the three years up to 2011, adults only eat four portions a day.

The survey, which asked each person to fill out food diaries and also have their blood and urine samples recorded, revealed that only 31% of people aged 19-64 are eating the full five portions.

It also found people did not eat enough oily fish and their diets had lower-than-recommended levels of vitamin D and iron, while many consumed too much saturated fat.

British Heart Foundation dietician Tracy Parker said: “It's disappointing that a year on there has been no real improvement in the number of young people eating their five-a-day. Fruit and vegetables help young minds and bodies develop and should be an integral part of any teenager's diet.

“It's not just young people though - all age groups are failing to clear the five-a-day bar.”

The surveys reflect findings from a poll for the World Cancer Research Fund which found just one in five Britons eats the recommended levels of fruit and veg.

The Department of Health, which launched the five-a-day campaign in 2003, encourages people to eat a varied diet of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods, and some meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and/or non-meat sources of protein.

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 26th July 2012 @ 13:46

The challenge here is one of a mixed message. We�re advised to take 5 portions of Fruit and Vegetables daily, which is itself misleading. If we followed this advice and ate 5 portions of fruit, we�d be doing ourselves harm and yet I suspect if you were to ask people if eating 5 pieces of fruit or drinking 5 glasses of fruit juice was hitting their recommended daily target, they�d say it was. The focus needs to shift to what constitutes 5 healthy portions.

April Ember

Thursday 26th July 2012 @ 14:30

Forget 5 a day, try 30bananasaday.com! We humans are primates and primates are frugivores - everything about our physiology from our digestive systems to our colour vision to our teeth to our nutritional requirements proves that. So many issues from deforestation to cancer, obesity, disease, land degradation, malnutrition, animal cruelty, violence, starvation could be resolved by returning to a diet of juicy tropical fruits and leafy greens. It's not the dark ages anymore! We have the infrastructure, transportation and technology to do this, now all we need is to wake people up and remind them they are FRUGIVORES! No animals in nature menstruate, they only ovulate. The only creatures that hemorrhage blood are humans and domesticated animals. It's the food!

April Ember

Thursday 26th July 2012 @ 14:41

To show raw vegan isn't some obscure group here is a list of a few raw vegan athletes:

Venus Williams

Serena Williams

Michael Arstein

Harley Johnstone

There are also several 2012 olympians who are high carb raw vegans, they are being trained by Dr Doug Graham.


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