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Consumption of fruit and veg falls in Britain

According to new figures from the Government the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed by British people has fallen to its lowest level in the last 20 years.

Although the recommended amount was five daily portions, the average intake has dropped to 3.9 per day. The figures show that those on a low income only eat 2.9 daily portions, while 5% do not eat any fruit or vegetables at all, despite millions of pounds having been invested in campaigns to encourage healthy eating.

Earlier this year, a report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges suggested that one way to encourage people to eat a more healthy diet is to tax junk food. Recent research suggested that people need to increase their daily portions to at least seven each day, or perhaps even 10.

The report will be released towards the end of April by Defra, the food and farming department of the government. The study reveals that not eating fruit and vegetables is having an impact on the health of the nation, with levels of obesity increasing and more than £5bn being spent on type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The study also points out that in 2011, 4.7% of children had no vegetables or fruit in their daily food intake. A simple way to encourage children to eat more fruit and veg is for schools to set up a healthy tuckshop. Snacks in Merseyside schools, for instance, may include apples or tangerines as alternatives to chocolate.

Posted by Jennifer
April 20, 2014
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