Thursday, 6 May 2010

When eating your 5-a-day is just not good enough!

The Daily Mail recently reported that simply eating 5 pieces of fruit and veg a week may not be good enough…. since when was eating any fruit and veg wrong?! Apparently new research showed that people tend to eat the same sort of fruit and vegetables which they know and like rather than broadening their diet with the likes of ‘superfoods’ such as kale and papaya.


We all know that some foods contain higher levels of particular vitamins and nutrients so we should be eating more of them, but in reality broadening our fruit and veg diet can be tougher than you think.

Here at Cirkle, we’re no strangers to encouraging the nation to sample more beneficial fruit and veg through our work with the Blackcurrant Foundation. British blackcurrants are renowned for their amazing health benefits which include protecting against ageing, cardiovascular disease and colds and flu amongst many others. Recent research has also revealed that they may even be beneficial to asthma sufferers. Wherever possible, we demonstrate easy ways to incorporate them into an ordinary diet by using simple recipes and tips and even promote that the same benefits can be gained from pre-made juice forms of the fruit. Eating your varied 5-a-day needn’t be a chore!

The moral of this story is that if you can swap your ‘usual’ fruit and veg for something with more health benefits, then go for it. If not, don’t fret over nutritional values – eating a so-called ‘less worthy’ fruit or veg is hardly going to do you any harm!


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