As the new year rolls round, a new wave of resolutions to “eat more healthily” or to lose weight are planned, and then subsequently failed. One of the common diet messages is have “five a day” – five portions of fruit and veg everyday. (There is always some discussion as to what a portion actually is so click here if you’d like to find out).
The BBC has investigated the origins of this phrase, and if it is based on any scientific evidence. The full story is here. Fortunately for us this campaign has been based on some scientific evidence, though with certain bits altered – such as potatoes do actually count as a vegetable, as long as they aren’t fried. And although smoothies and juices do count, there is more benefit from eating the actual fruit itself as it fills up your stomach more successfully.
So all in all, eating five a day will certainly help you on your way to having a healthier diet in 2013.