For many years guidelines have recommended we eat 5 portions of fruit and veg per day to stay healthy and live longer. Now those guidelines have changed to suggesting 10 portions is now what it takes to live a healthy life style.
The media has been taken by storm with opinion ranging from’ insane’ to ‘a vegan takeover plot’. So, is this latest advice from Imperial College, based on medical research achievable, realistic or just another gimmick?
What do you, the residents of the Garden of England, think? After all we grow a load of fruit and veg here don’t we?
Kathleen Kerridge writing in the Guardian under the headline ‘A veg (or five) too far: Why 10 portions a day is way too much to ask’, says, ‘In an ideal world doubling our fruit and vegetable intake is a good idea. But in austerity Britain, it would be impossible to afford all that, let alone cook it.’
When she first read the new guidelines, she thought it made good sense, but she went on to consider that maybe, it’s a load of fruit and veg for a family to consume each day, so the recommendation seemed a little less than realistic.
After further considering the disparity in earnings and those families already living close to or on the breadline, she concluded eating 10 portions a day was something for the ideal world.
You can read her full article here:
But researchers claim upping daily intakes would prevent 7,200 cancer deaths and almost 14,000 from strokes every year. Surely then this is a recommendation worth taking seriously. Source: DailyMail.co.uk.
Daily Mail medical adviser and retired GP Dr Martin Scurr welcomed the new 10-a-day target – but warned it may be too costly for families on lower incomes.
‘The more you eat, the better,’ he told FEMAIL. ‘Even people who struggle to get to five-a-day should aim for the new target because even if only get close to it, or they only reach it one or twice a week, it will still help them live longer and be fitter for it.’
He said eating 10-a-day would be a ‘cinch’ if you start the day with an apple and banana, and pack lots of vegetables into a salad. He and his family tuck into a salad filled with 10 vegetables every day, he said.
But he did warn that for large families, or those on lower income, meeting the target would be difficult – especially at this time of year when so many fruits and vegetables are out of season.
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Difficult maybe, but certainly not impossible. If you are up for trying out the new guidelines then Laura Agar Wilson, holistic health coach and blogger can help in her article 10 Ways to 10 a Day. In this article she gives menu suggestions on how to get between 7 – 10 portions of fruit and veg per day
The NHS is desperate to get people to eat their five-a-day, let alone 10 a day, emphasizing that fruit and vegetables can be juiced, canned or frozen. The UK average is four portions a day, with just a quarter of men aged 19 to 64 hitting the target, and 28 per cent of women.
The researchers analysed data from 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake, finding that ten servings cut the risk of dying prematurely by almost a third. Read the full article.
So, what’s the answer? Eating 10 a day gives us all a better chance of living longer, but while the personal cost is significant, it could save the country millions in reduced NHS costs.
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