Crunch time: Why don’t we eat more fruit and veg?

crunch time why dont we eat more fruit and veg

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.

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