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Fruit and vegetables are a dieter's best friend! They are low in calories, packed full of vitamins and minerals, full of satisfying fibre and virtually fat-free. They also contain many phytonutrients and antioxidants, which have been shown to offer significant protection against many diseases and may even help delay the signs of ageing. What more could you ask for? Fruit has the added benefit of being sweet, which can be useful in satisfying those sugar cravings too.
Well, the good news is that fresh, frozen, chilled, 100% juice and dried varieties all count, but to reach the government's target you need to eat 5 different types each day. The different colours of fruits and vegetables are due to the different nutrients they contain, so always try to have an assortment of different colours on your plate.
As a rough guide, a portion is around the size of a tennis ball, or, more precisely about 80-100g. Here are some examples:
Most people find it easier to eat fruit than vegetables. Let's face it, plain boiled vegetables are a little uninspiring. So here are some ideas to ensure you get your 5 a day.
Above all, experiment, have fun and enjoy!
Did you know In a recent survey of 274 Nutracheck Members 2 in 3 people found our food diary approach more successful than their previous weight loss attempts!!