The nation’s favourite three fruits are strawberries, bananas and apples according to the latest research commissioned by Dole® provider of high quality fruit. However, it’s not all great news – their research also shows three quarters of the UK public don’t get their ‘five a day’.
Incredibly, nearly half of people (47%) do not eat fruit and vegetables every day.
Just one in ten people (10%) know what constitutes one portion of fruit or vegetables (it’s about 3oz or a relaxed fist size). And – can you believe this? – 9% of people think tuna is one of your ‘five a day’. Please tell me they are not serious!
These worrying figures are set against new Imperial College research suggesting we should actually be eating 10-a-day. It seems here in the UK we are way off achieving the fruit & veg targets for optimum health.
I thought everyone knew how important is to get your ‘Five A Day’ as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, but obviously not.
I think more education is definitely needed which is why I helped launch ‘More Fruit Month’ with Dole yesterday to encourage the nation to get more fruit and veg into their diets.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fibre, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Because of this, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables every day can help reduce your risk of issues like heart disease and high blood pressure. So this isn’t just about preaching about eating healthy foods, it’s about making you think about YOUR life and YOUR health.
People say fruit has lots of sugar and that’s true, but these are natural sugars – so much better than refined sugar that you find in puddings, sweets and chocolate. Plus fruit has lots of other great nutrients and fibre too to boost our health. A great way to start the day is to mix a few of your favourite fruits with yogurt, oats, nuts or seeds in a breakfast smoothie.
Veggies can be harder to fit into your day – it’s not as tempting to pick up some broccoli or carrots to pop into your bag for later, let’s face it. I’ve found putting veggies into a refreshing smoothie with a piece of fruit like an apple or pear, some coconut water, ice and lemon juice is an easy way to consume more.
Simply making a quick salad each day will help as will adding a few veg to soups. Being creative with veg is worth a little effort. One of my favourite quick fab green veg dishes is mixing kale in coconut oil, adding a spice like paprika with sundried tomatoes and olives and baking in the oven until crispy. Delicious.
According to the Dole survey, the UK’s top 10 favourite fruits are:
Mine, if you’re interested, are:
- Pink Grapefruit