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A third of the population not eating 5-a-day

27 July 2012

Less than a third of the adult population of the UK are eating the recommended “five a day”.


It is recommended that five portions of fruit and vegetables are eaten daily in order to remain in good health. On average, 19-64 year olds are managing four. In a survey of 3000 people, only one in ten children were doing so.

Tracey Parker from the British Heart Foundation said: "It's disappointing that a year on there has been no real improvement in the number of young people eating their five-a-day. Fruit and vegetables help young minds and bodies develop and should be an integral part of any teenager's diet. It's not just young people though - all age groups are failing to clear the five-a-day bar.”

The survey, which used blood and urine samples as well as interviews and food diaries, also noted that people are not eating enough of foods such as oily fish, which are rich in Omega 3. Omega 3 can reduce the risk of death from heart disease.

Worryingly, people are also eating too much saturated fat, which can lead to high cholesterol and heart disease.

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