Sumary of Crunch time: Why don’t we eat more fruit and veg?:
- Eurostat data reveals that 2017, around 1 in 4 Europeans (27%) ate fruit at least twice a day.
- A further 37% of the EU population ate fruit once a day and the remaining 36% ate fruit either less frequently or not at all during a typical week.
- This suggests that most of us are failing to reach the five portions of fruit and veg that the WHO says we should be eating each day and every day.
- Numerous WHO reports and strategies have recommended increasing population-level fruit and vegetable consumption to promote health.
- Fruit and vegetables are good sources of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fibre that helps promotes gut health.
- Fruit and vegetables are also usually low in fat and calories, helping promote a balanced diet in the western world, where what we eat is often highly processed and laden with excess fat and added sugars.
- The educational push around 5-a-day campaigns in public schools mean many of us are aware that at least some level of fruit and veg consumption is generally beneficial.
- “Facts about health and nutrition aren’t enough,” nutritionist Barbara Bray, Director of technical services and nutrition consultancy Alo Solutions, said today at an event organised by German life sciences multinational Bayer.