Why are Fruit and Vegetables so important

Research has shown that eating a diet that includes a wide range of fruit and vegetables is good for your heart and can help reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

These foods provide essential vitamins and minerals and contain a lots of water, which means that their energy content is relatively low. The fibre they contain is relatively high therefore making you feel full, the fibre also keeps our digestive system healthy.

About a third of the food we eat should be fruit and vegetables. Aim to have five portions of fruit a day. But has anybody ever told you what a portion is ?

A portion is defined as 80g of fresh, frozen or tinned vegetables or the equivalent if it is dried fruit – fruit juice equates to approximately 150ml.

Also try to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables so that you can benefit from all the different nutrients.