We’ve all heard the mantra of “getting your five a day,” meaning that all-important five portions of fruit and vegetables to keep your body feeling good and working in harmony.
But… if it’s meant to be five a day, why have the BBC suggested seven per day?! What about The Telegraph ordering us to have 30 portions per week?! What’s the correct amount of fruit and vegetables to stay as healthy as possible?
“It’s definitely a good idea to get as many fruits and vegetables in our diet as possible for optimum health,” suggests Damo. “Different plant-based foods contain a range of different vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function as effectively as possible.”
“These include the more popular Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc; but also the all-important vitamins our bodies cannot synthesise themselves, like Vitamins A, B, E, and K.”
Luckily, for those of us who have been sick of doing maths since school, Damo has some worthwhile, easy-to-follow news for you:
“The easiest way to get your daily fill of high-quality nutrients is to try to fit as many colourful fruits and vegetables into your meals as possible. Why not try red onions (Vitamin C and Manganese), yellow peppers (Vitamin A, Fiber and Potassium), green broccoli (Vitamin K and Calcium), and orange carrots (Vitamin B6 and Niacin) to start with? That’s four portions right there – and you’re well on your way to a healthy body.”