Fruit and vegetables are a vital source of vitamins and minerals. It’s advised that we eat five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of dietary fibre. Many people do not consume enough during the day so their gut has to work harder to get the waste out of the body, hence risking constipation.
There’s evidence that people who eat at least five portions a day are at lower risk of heart disease, stroke and gut-related cancers.
What’s more, eating five portions is not as hard as it might sound. Just one apple, banana, pear or similar-sized fruit is one portion. A slice of pineapple or melon is one portion. Three heaped tablespoons of vegetables is another portion.
Having a sliced banana with your morning cereal is a quick way to get one portion. Swap your mid-morning biscuit for a tangerine, and add a side salad to your lunch. Add a portion of vegetables to dinner, and snack on dried fruit in the evening to reach your five a day. If you still find it difficult, why not enjoy a smoothie for breakfast or part of your lunch?
Alongside your 5-a-day, why not have a drink containing the friendly bacteria too? This will contribute towards a healthy digestive system.
So make sure you have your 5-a-day today!