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Q.

Does soya milk count towards my daily fruit and veg?

I drink soya milk in preference to dairy milk and have been wondering if it counts as one of my 'five a day' fruit and veg?
Could you enlighten me please?
Many thanks

A.

Our expert says...

Hi there.

I'm glad you are taking your '5 a day' target seriously! Fruit and vegetables are power-houses of nutrition, which is why the government recommends everyone eats at least 5 portions a day and Nutracheck supports and encourages this. The reason is that they are packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, all kinds of phytonutrients, fibre and water and are great for your health. They are associated with preventing many different health conditions, reducing the risk of serious diseases, such as cancer, and can play an important part in controlling your weight too.

Beans, such as soya beans, and pulses, for example chickpeas and lentils, do count as a portion of your '5 a day'. They only count as one portion, however, regardless of how much you eat, because they do not contain the same mixture of nutrients as other fruit and vegetables. They are also higher in protein and calories, and lower in water, than other vegetables.

Soya milk is made from soya beans, but it is a highly processed product that will have lost some of its nutritional value during processing. Because of this, I personally would not count soya milk as part of my '5 a day' and would concentrate on ensuring that this was made up of a variety of different fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to choose different colours, as this indicates that they contain different phytonutrients. But there is no need to stop drinking soya milk, as it does have other benefits and certainly suits some people?s digestion better than cow's milk.

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