How Much Fruit And Vegetables Should You Eat?

We all know that we should eat fruit and vegetables every day. They keep our digestive systems working efficiently; help to prevent cancer and heart disease and help to ward off viruses like colds and flu.

Nutritionists agree that we should eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day, but many people are unclear which fruits and vegetables count (for example potatoes don’t!!) or what a ‘portion’ means.

So, to help, we’ve listed below which fruits and vegetables do count, and the size of one portion. Try to eat at least 5 different portions to get a good range of vitamins and minerals.

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Vegetables

  • 8 Brussel Sprouts
  • 5 Small button mushrooms
  • 1 Medium carrot
  • Sweet pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of onions
  • 2 Tablespoons of tinned beans or pulses
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable stir-fry
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Tablespoons of garden peas
  • 2 Broccoli spears
  • 1 Tablespoon of mixed salad
  • 1 Bowl of vegetable soup
  • 3 Sticks of celery
  • Medium portion of tomato pasta sauce
Fruit
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Tablespoons of dried fruit
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cupful of grapes
  • 1 Slice of melon
  • 7 Strawberries
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 Kiwi fruit
  • 1 Glass of fruit juice
  • � Avocado
  • 3 Tablespoons fruit salad
  • � Grapefruit
Fruit And Vegetables That Don’t Count
  • Fruit Yoghurts
  • Packet Soups
  • Potatoes
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Jam
  • Nuts

 

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