Just a quick one to voice a pet hate of mine. Well, ‘hate’ is probably a bit much, but it’s something I want to iron out for you guys.
Fruit & Veg, we hear it all the time, get your 5-a-day, get your 7-a-day, and more recently, get 10+ servings of fruit & veg in per day people.
And that’s fine by me, a sound nutritional message…IF it’s interpreted correctly!
Monkey see monkey do…
Noooooo I am most definitely NOT calling you a monkey, but the analogy applies to most…especially us blokes, whether we care to admit it or not.
We take things on face value too often, sub-consciously we will notice FRUIT & Veg and assume that the majority of the Fruit & Veg for the day should be in the form of fruit, as that was written first… so it must be most important, right?
This is a bit of an issue because, for all of fruits health benefits (and there are many) it does come with a lot of sugar, in the form of fructose. Yes there is some fibre and water with it, but that sugar soon adds up, especially when some interpret the 5-a-day to best suit them…5 portions of fruit and 0 veg!
Veg & Fruit
Now the obvious problem with ‘Veg & Fruit’ is that it sounds rubbish, doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue now does it. Perhaps if it were written like that people would eat more veg in relation to fruit…possibly? Wishful thinking?
Maybe. Maybe not. There’s a scientific study right there.
Who knows. What I do know is that the facts are clear, we should be eating way more veg than we do fruit thanks to its lower sugar and equally beneficial fibre content.
As a rule, shoot for the 7-a-day target and aim for 5 portions of veg and 2 portions of fruit. Or if you really have to, 5 portions of veg and 3 portions of fruit…getting closer to that 10-a-day mark then.
Not sure what a portion of veg or fruit is, never mind what makes up 5 portions of veg?
Check out tomorrow’s Daily MANtra as I discuss this commonly asked question then