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Fruit and Vegetables

Choose from fresh, frozen and canned fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables provide antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta-carotene which may help protect against heart disease and certain types of cancers. Fruit and vegetables are also a source of soluble fibre which can help reduce cholesterol and control blood sugar. Most fruit and vegetables are also naturally low in fat which makes them an excellent snack or addition to any meal.
five a day
Although most of us are aware that the government recommend that we eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, many of us struggle to achieve this.

Here are a few tips to help you to eat more fruit & veg
  • Add chopped fruit to cereal or porridge
  • Have a piece of fruit as a snack between meals
  • Try adding some frozen mixed veg to rice dishes
  • If you have a ready-made meal or take away, add extra vegetables or salad to it
Links: How can I fit in 5 a day?

Did you know?
fruit colours

Different coloured fruit and veg contain different nutrients so try to eat as wide a variety as possible.

And another thing..
Green leafy vegetables are a particularly good choice as they are rich in B vitamins including folic acid
green veg
which is essential for the development of red blood cells

Cho Cho or chayote is a fruit rich in vitamins and minerals, often eaten with savoury dishes. Add generous amounts to soups and stews or try thin slices in salads.

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