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14 May 2012 - BBC News - Only one in five eats five a day, poll suggests

BBC News

Just one in five Britons eats the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, a poll for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests

FAB RESEARCH COMMENT:

5-A-DAY - What Counts?

Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 A DAY, making it easier than you may think to get your recommended amount each day.

Check out this guide from NHS Choices - Living Well. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Whatcounts.aspx

Kate Mendoza, head of education for the WRCF says:

"Getting at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the building block of a healthy diet. Not only are fruit and veg a good source of nutrients, they also tend to be low in calories and full of fibre and so help us maintain a healthy weight.

"A diet based on plant foods, such as wholegrains and pulses as well as fruit and vegetables, can reduce cancer risk as research shows they protect against a range of cancers. Recent research has confirmed that foods containing fibre reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

"Although people are more aware of the significance of eating five a day than they used to be, it is clear that there are still barriers to incorporating plant foods into our daily diets".