Karen Ferguson – Chrysalis Courses very own Head of Hypnotherapy looks at getting your five a day.
We are always being told we should eat five a day (fruit and veg), but do we really know why, or how much to eat?
I have done a little research on this and hope you find this useful for both yourselves and your clients.
Well to start with the basics, how much is a portion of fruit or veg – according to the NHS, each portion should be 80g. They claim there is evidence to suggest significant health benefits to each five 80g portions of fruit and veg a day.
The 5 a day campaign was actually started by the World Health Organisation who say that we should be eating 400g of fruit and veg a day to lower the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Whilst most fruits and veg count towards our 5 a day, whether they be tinned, fresh, frozen, dried or in a drink. Beans and pulses also count as one of your 5 day but because they contain less nutrients than other fruit and veg, no matter how many you eat, they still only count as one portion.
There are certain food types that don’t count as one of your 5 a day.
For examples potatoes don’t count due to their high starch content and nor does cassava. No, I hadn’t heard of it either and since I have never seen it in a supermarket I don’t think I will worry too much about it.
Frying your fruit or veg also removes it from the 5 a day list.
Unfortunately grapes in the form of wine don’t count as one of your 5 a day either, nor sadly does chocolate, despite there being many rumours stating that cocoa comes from a plant so it must be a fruit.