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Less Than A Pound Per Day For Fruit And Veg


Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 Less Than A Pound Per Day For Fruit And Veg

Nutrition should not have to be expensive. According to the BBC (17/05/09). The argument presented suggests that even a limited budget need not be a barrier to eating healthily. It has been established that five portions of fruit and veg can cost as little as 80p per day.

Fundamentally the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is concerned that in view of the global credit crunch, families will cease buying healthy food stuffs.

Adivice from the WCRF’s Nathalie Winn says that shoppers should take advantage of seasonal shopping and in addition, benefit from cheaper tinned and frozen products.

It has been established that the consumption of fruit and vegetables have been linked with a reduced risk of some types of cancer.

Notably, the consumption of a variety of fruits could decrease the risk of developing cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx and larynx by nearly a fifth, and of the the oesophagus by up to as much as 5%.

Furthermore foods containing lycopene, such as tomatoes, have been shown to decrease the risk of prostate cancer by 20% the WRCF said.

Increases in food prices, and pressures on the family budget because of continuing economic problems, may prompt people to buy less fruit and vegetables because they think they are too expensive and are worried about wastage, they warned.

Nathalie Winn has put together a daily menu to be proactive and prove that it is possible to get the recommended five portions a day for less than £1.

“The fact is that fresh fruit and vegetables can sometimes be expensive,” she says.

“The secret is not to restrict yourself to the fresh fruit section of the supermarket, because frozen vegetables and canned fruit also count towards your five portions a day and they often cost much less.”

Seasonal food which is fresh also gives value for money Win argues “People should not be taken in by the latest fashionable ’superfood’, because there is no evidence that these are any better for you than more traditional fruit and veg.”

Finally, Professor Alan Maryon-Davies, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said there is a public perception that a healthy diet was an expensive diet.

“You can eat quite healthily relatively cheaply, especially if you go for the special offers.

He added that people were not always clear about what counted towards their five-a-day.

“Some people don’t realise that a glass of fruit juice is a portion, and some people think it just has to be fresh fruit and vegetables.”

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