There was a bit of a kerfuffle in the media yesterday due to a new report recommending that the suggested amount of fruit and veg we consume daily is doubled from five to ten pieces a day. Listening to the varying views of the different health experts on the topic – on top of last week’s revelations that saturated fat is not, after all, the evil it has been portrayed to be but instead sugar is the problem – makes me wonder if we should listen to any of them at all!
As for eating ten pieces of fruit and veg a day, I confess I would struggle. Surely a balanced diet should also contain protein and carbohydrates? I’m not sure I could fit it all in.
At the moment I am making a big effort to be healthy. Yesterday’s diet consisted of a bowl of granola and a chopped banana, a Greek salad with a roll and a yogurt for lunch, and beef fajitas with onions, peppers and mushrooms and rocket for tea. I also ate a piece of melon and a handful of roasted sunflower seeds. The unhealthy things were a glass of white wine and two Jaffa cakes but I am not claiming to be perfect :-).
I think I had maybe 7 portions of the good stuff if I count the salad and dinner veg as two each. I am not sure I could have eaten much more of anything.
When I have less time I eat a sandwich rather than a salad for lunch, but tend to up my fruit intake to three pieces.
I heard a comment on one TV programme that people are not able to eat a lot of fruit and veg because it is expensive. I don’t find this to be the case. It is much less expensive than meat, for example, especially if you buy it from Aldi as I do or your local market.
How do you manage? Do you find it easy to get your five a day, and could you increase it to ten? How do you persuade your family to leave the crisps and eat healthy food? Is it affordable?