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How many portions of fruit and veg do you eat each day?

Eating loads of fruit and vegetables - 10 portions a day - may give us longer lives, say researchers.

The study, by Imperial College London, calculated such eating habits could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

The team also identified specific fruit and veg that reduced the risk of cancer and heart disease.

The analysis showed even small amounts had a health boon, but more is even better.

A portion counts as 80g (3oz) of fruit or veg – the equivalent of a small banana, a pear or three heaped tablespoons of spinach or peas.

What counts as five-a-day?

The conclusions were made by pooling data on 95 separate studies, involving two million people’s eating habits.

Lower risks of cancer were linked to eating:

  • green veg (eg spinach)
  • yellow veg (eg peppers)
  • cruciferous vegetables (eg cauliflower).

Lower risks of heart disease and strokes were linked to eating:

  • apples
  • pears
  • citrus fruits
  • salads
  • green leafy vegetables (eg lettuce)
  • cruciferous veg

Do you consciously of include sufficient fruit and vegetables in your diet?  Do you currently manage to include 5 portions each day? Could you double that to 10? Could this lead to consuming too much fruit sugar? What are your views?

How many portions of fruit and veg do you eat each day?

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Koda
15th May 2017
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I try to eat 5 a day, somedays it's more than that, other days it may be almost none, can't seem to find the middle! Still trying though.
Poppy22
25th Mar 2017
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Some days none. Some days 5 or 6.
ThatManViv
21st Mar 2017
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I have no idea how many portions I eat. I do have fresh veg and fruit every day, frequently as my own mixed chopped salad, or individually cooked veg, or cooked as a nice spicy meal. Goodness knows how much we have to eat to have 10 portions a day, we'd be eating all day, wouldn't we ... I have a couple of slices of bread a day, maybe some muesli, maybe some fish, and also sometimes dark chocolate with nuts ... heart disease is a genetic factor so I eat with that in mind ... I buy big fat frozen chips so I dont have to deep fry anything,and a bag might last 2 months.... and all my salt-free meals are made by me ... seems a good enough diet to me ...
gr8nutcase
21st Mar 2017
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I don't eat as much as I would like, I eat more veg than fruit because fruit nowadays is stored in coolers for months to stop it going off and it can be months since it was picked. For instance all the French Apples we see on sale - how can they be fresh five months after harvest. Peaches and Nectarines for instance are rock solid and no juice and it is difficult to get them off the stone. Apples have hardly any juice; at this time of the year I try to buy fruit from Southern Hemisphere like South Africa or Australia as it is their season. Grapes are tasteless, I bought some Thomson Grapes this week, who are one of the best tasting and they tasted nothing like Thomson and goodness knows how long they have been in store as most often the green stems are turning brown when you buy them! so how long is it since they were picked? How I wish we could go back to seasonal fruit and veg.
Crosbymoss16
18th Mar 2017
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Due to recent heart ops my heart nurse Lauren and dietitian Jane have helped me with my diet though I ate healthy before. So I have a varied intake of fruit and vegetables everyday
Peter52
13th Mar 2017
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At an early age had to eat what was put in front of me.Because i new there was nothing else,so fruit and veg always got enough.
Newlife
12th Mar 2017
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I was brought up with lots of fruit and veg and as a mother I continued this trend. Now my grandchildren eat at least five a day if not more. As for me well I became a vegetarian and probably eat around ten
ginntonic
11th Mar 2017
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I have always included fresh veg and fruit in my daily diet. Not always 5 a day but more on others days. This was the way I was raised and the way I have raised my children. My grandchildren eat even more fruit and veg then me, which is great. Seasonal food is also better for your health.
manofpeace
28th Feb 2017
1
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I have to be honest I have never been a healthy eater and very occasionally do I eat my five a day. However, at my age I think I am beyond worrying about it. There are so many foods around these days that they say is bad for you that I wonder just what I can or cant eat to maintain a healthy diet. Sorry but that's just my personal opinion.
Yodama
28th Feb 2017
3
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Eat what you like, when you like and how you like. Have confidence that your body will ask for the foods it needs (that does not mean takeaways every day! )
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians in this world.
Jenninora
26th Feb 2017
1
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Know your body.Know your food. If I were in the form for doing a more physical job then I will get the message to eat foods for strength etc. On a day one is less physical, message would be different. I work part-time in a computerised environment and I can say that it sucks strength ( no matter what age group ). Then I have to seriously look at what will nourish me for my eight hours sleep. Also I do not watch technology as the rays hinder relaxation after my work shift . We live in an era where advice is pushed from pillar to post. Listen to your body needs. Learn your foods. Fuel of the correct kind and portion.
ecarg
26th Feb 2017
0
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Aren't many things for dependant people who need to be told everything
Diet
Smoking
Drinking Water/Alcohol
Sleep required
Apps on phones
Religion
Exercise required
I'm sure you can think of more.
Guidance is what I think they are aiming for it's up to us which bits we put into action and which bits we choose to ignore, and if we get it wrong who do we blame ? How often have I heard the government blamed because people will not take responsibility for themselves. NHS in crisis who's to blame we all need to take responsibility not just for our health but for who we choose to elect as well,
Yodama
26th Feb 2017
2
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Seriously dumbing down the population, all eyes to big brother to be told what we can eat, sleep, think, where we can go, how to bring up our children, how to shop,how we are allowed to speak, what words we can use......Newspeak, police state coming up.
We are in dystopian times, incrementally led like lambs.
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
2
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Storm Doris took us off grid for thirty hours, added to which on Monday we were off six hours. Nothing unusual here - geriatric infra structure. Even older than I am!

At such times my wife, my dogs and I rely on tinned foods we've stored away. It's not great food, it's not good food, it's merely a belly filler.

One a day, five a day or ten a day goes out of the window at times like these, and they are common here. Tins? We didn't want to open the freezer door - losses could be eye watering.

In more normal times we live off the garden and eat seasonally. Neither of us count the portions of fruit and veg each day - isn't that rather for dependant people who need to be told everything?

When strawberries are available, three weeks normally, they're scoffed by us and the grand kids and the remainder jammed. Twenty a day I'd say.

But first early potatoes, oh, we could live off those quite easily. Fresh from the ground, cooked lightly and eaten within half an hour of seeing daylight.

Who cares about five or ten? That's the luxurious life!
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
1
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I see what your saying my sister has an app on her phone that tells her to drink water!
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
2
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I see your point Kazzaj but tonight can't think of a suitable answer. If I were to say ditch smart phones that would open up a debate with howls of anguish and somebody would be calling for the death penalty, for me!
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
1
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Lol yes that's for another day me thinks
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
2
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Yes it is. Need to go buy a tin hat and dig a bomb shelter in the garden.
Cactus14
24th Feb 2017
1
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I have recently, for some unknown reason, started eating more fruit. I tend to cut it up and eat with fat free yogurt. I don't know how long it will last but whilst I'm enjoying it hey hey.
Kazzaj
24th Feb 2017
1
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I don't know, one year it's eat this and the next it's eat that! When you think of people today living well into their 80s 90s and above I'm sure they didn't eat 5 a day when younger! My mum says you were lucky to get bread and scrape whatever that was!
Irene88
25th Feb 2017
2
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scrape is dripping i.e fat from cooking. I remember often having bread and dripping for Sunday tea, with salt on. Not very healthy but at least we were fed. Still like it but have it very rarely now.
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
0
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Oh yes that's it I remember being given some when I was a kid. Yum
Yodama
25th Feb 2017
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Usually dripping from the Sunday roast, all that lovely dark jelly. Pity we could not afford bread Ha ha ha!
Yodama
25th Feb 2017
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Why are so many fruits and veg toxic for animals and shorten their lives but humans are able to assimilate them. Another study for Imperial College London.
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
1
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At the risk of being vulgar, which I don't wish to be, has a toilet tissue maker donated heavily to the Tory Party?
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
0
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Imperial College, part of the London University campus where I studied. Imptech, for short.

In the sixties they had an excellent professor of mechanics and dynamics - Eric Laithwaite. He invented and patented the levitated rail system. The moment patents were allowed Imptech withdrew his funding and all but disowned him. He sold his patents to the Japanese who have Maglef tracks galore. In Britain, as far as I know, we have one. At a Butlins Holiday Camp!

Imptech follows the money. They always did. Tell them the desired answer and they'll provide evidence for it, for a price.

Who funded the ten a day study? Andrex?
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
0
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Irene, yes! Bread and scrape. If there was any beek or pork dripping left from a very small Sunday Joint we had it on bread with saly for a few days.

Some say it's unhealthy. I'd like to see their evidence. Loved it, especially the congealed gravy bits!
Yodama
26th Feb 2017
0
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Would that be theconvoy of trucks delivering beautiful shades of blue I have seen?
Suni
24th Feb 2017
2
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I find this easy to do but I am following the slimming world healthy eating plan and they have loads of great recipes that give you loads of veg so I don't have to think for myself - the easy way!
Chrissy 1955
24th Feb 2017
1
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If I eat too much acidic fruit it upsets my stomach. I do try and eat 5 a day but think I would struggle to eat 10
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
0
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ecarg
24th Feb 2017
2
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Yesterday I met someone who has to eat gluten free ,it struck me that I/we are lucky if we can eat what we like without it making us ill.So 5 or 10 fruit and veg a day it's up to you ,Enjoy what you eat stay grounded (Little Minx) and when our time comes will be saying I wish I'd ate more apples or sprouts ,I know I won;t I'll be scoffing a chocolate bar and drinking strong coffee.
Yodama
25th Feb 2017
2
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The Bushmen of the Kalahari are nomadic and super fit, they have little or no opportunity to eat fruit or veg. Wonder what Imperial College London would make of that as a study?
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
1
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Whatever they're paid to make of it.
Yodama
26th Feb 2017
1
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Maybe pay them in Andrex.
Lionel
26th Feb 2017
0
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Or rename them all Grant and tell them they've had a grant!
Clarite
24th Feb 2017
0
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As a vegan, I eat lots of vegetables, some nuts and about 3 fruits a day. As an example, I ate 11 portions yesterday. Most of them are quite basic, oats, nuts, lentils, seasonal vegs, banana, apple, avocado. It does not have to be expensive, I think that I spend about £5/day on average. Treats like vegan ice creams can be expensive but they are not a necessity.
Boots
24th Feb 2017
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I eat both meat and vegetables, but very little fruit as I am allergic to quite a few types of fruit. However I could not afford to spend as much as £5 a day. Don't think I spend more than £3 on average. While i do quite like avocado I would hardly call that a basic fruit, very much more a luxury.
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
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OMG I would be on the loo all day if I ate all that! Well done though
Yodama
25th Feb 2017
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I have a connection to a company who you can order loo rolls from, super soft, quilted and pink of course.
Don't be afraid to indulge in bulk fruit Kazzaj. help is at hand.
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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Did this company contribute to Imptech or the Tory Party? Could be interesting.
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
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Lol all this toilet humour! it's getting a bit carry on up the u bend round here!
Clarite
26th Feb 2017
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I think that you might have misunderstood my post, I don't eat meat therefore my whole day's expense on food is maximum £5. I don't digest sugars which means that my intake of fruits is limited but I take enzymes which help. Avocados are not fruit, they are probably the dearest item that I purchase but they are worth it as very versatile. People mock vegans until they try the diet themselves, it's not all grass and beans, it's fun, healthy and cheap.
Boots
26th Feb 2017
1
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I didn't mean I spend £3 on average on vegetables and fruit only, I include meat and anything else I decide to eat. I shop with great care as money is limited as it is for most people. I don't mock vegans, but couldn't become one for three reasons, 1. I think human beings are omnivores and therefore eat meat as well as vegetables and fruit etc.
2. A lot of what vegans seem to eat does not agree with me. I won't go into detail, but I do have to be careful as to what fruit and some vegetables I eat. Cannot, indeed should not, have soya in any form, and have to be careful about wheat etc.
3. If nobody ate meat, what would happen to all the animals? They could not just be kept for nothing or allowed to roam free as many would die. Presumably it would be just a few kept in zoos.
Incidentally, I do not agree with factory farming, and think animals should be looked after in the most humane way possible. I think plants should to, as it happens and hate all the poisons that are sprayed on most. vegetables and fruit. Do not believe in GM food either. Organic is the way.
AMP
24th Feb 2017
2
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We are all on the same journey. The end will come to all of us.
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
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Phyllis
24th Feb 2017
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We eat at least five a day maybe more depending on what we are having, I may struggle with 10 a day.
Phil G
24th Feb 2017
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I struggle to provide 5 veg a day. There is no way I could manage 10
ecarg
24th Feb 2017
2
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Little Minx
Prehaps you could become self propelled .would cut down on fuel bills.
I admire people who can drink smoothies ,like drinking cold soup.purely fruit ones are OK but contain too much sugar.A passing thought all this worrying about food and diet must be causing stress and mental health issues are in the spotlight at the moment ,so why worry be happy.
Yodama
24th Feb 2017
2
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Thank you for your suggestion ecarg, imagine! Self propelled people all shooting about like bullets from a gun, does that mean a business opportunity for a new kind of flying suit and head gear? New laws, speed traps.......the list goes on.
I am working on your suggestion as we speak. I have to say after several test runs, my laboratory looks like an earthquake scene, thank goodness for my crash helmet!
The only way to get enough goodness down me and to obviate the interminable act of chewing for hours on end to bring about a satisfactory conclusion, is to bung it all in a blender and drink it down.
It does taste very nice if you put the right things in. As for the sugar, since it is organic I have no qualms, it is the added sugar and poisonous Aspartame ( sugar free) in just about everything else that is my bugear.
Yes why worry, I have ignored everyone else all my life and have survived so far, so why start now. Don't need think tanks telling me what I already know.
Kazzaj
25th Feb 2017
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Yes I agree. I just enjoyed my bag of chocolate munchies my Sat night treat yum I do feel happy about it little minx lol
Yodama
26th Feb 2017
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Only on Saturday? I think chocolate is medicine, and I have a prescription to last a year!
Yomm, yomm, yommy.
Yodama
23rd Feb 2017
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Seriously?? Seriously?? Never in my life, or anywhere I have lived in the world have I seen people consume the amount of fruit and veg recommended, ( except for monkeys and other animals, never humans.)

Then there is the problem of the gas produced by eating copious amounts of fruit and veg, global warning experts could be up in arms.
The uncontrolled gas emissions could however be utilised to run your car or power up the national grid? I could happily eat the recommended amount and sell my gas back to the national grid. Hmmm, collecting the gas could be an insurmountable challenge.

I see a plot unfolding here. More state manipulation of the hapless public.

I have 3 glasses of smoothie each morning filled with fruit, veg, almonds, flax seeds, raw egg and Tangy Tangerine, I am super healthy, so will not be led by the nose by any analysis or media blurb.
Yodama
24th Mar 2017
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I think I have to eat some serious 'crow' now, and apologise to those of you who do eat ten or more than ten portions a day. Good health to you all and well done.
Not just for Monkeys and Animals after all.
Pam1960
23rd Feb 2017
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I think I will just stick to what I am doing otherwise I will be eating just for the sake of it and I'm not sure that is healthy
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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Yes Pam, isn't that the end game of a lot of this food nonsense, we eat for the sake of it? We become obsessed with food and our own well being?
Pam1960
25th Feb 2017
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I quite like veg so I'm not too put out with this latest advice on what is good for us. I've been around long enough though not as long as some others to know that this time next year there will be another food issue to get our knickers in a twist about. I read today the latest superfood is pork scratchings. Makes a change from Kale I suppose
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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Yes Pam, I'm as doubtful about all this as your are. The people who need leading by the nose about diet are those who live out of fast food joints or on ready meals. But, sadly. they don't hear these words from the government but will end up as NHS cases, adding to the tax burden of all of us.

Do you not think it would be more beneficial to cease these pronouncements and shut down, well, MacDonald's for instance.

I wouldn't want to severely limit people's choice of food, just their options to harm themselves.
Pam1960
25th Feb 2017
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I'm not a lover of burgers but I'm told that McDonald's is quite healthy. What annoys me is the number of highly paid individuals who research all this stuff who actually have no idea what they are talking about as they either cannot agree or keep changing their minds. Another example not food related is diesel vehicles. Buy them, dont buy them. Let's ignore them all and make up our own minds
Jo Kingham
23rd Feb 2017
1
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I try and aim for 17 portions a day which is the recommended daily allowance in Japan (it used to be 13). Being a vegan I probably get somewhere close to that most days. Mine is made up of majority vegetables as high levels of fruit is not good (too much sugar as you quite rightly point out!). Our government should definitely increase their RDA to 10. We consume far too much meat, sugar and generally unhealthy foods in this country - hence the obesity crisis. Green smoothies in the morning are a great way to cram in a good 5 portions!
Pam1960
23rd Feb 2017
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I would say somewhere between 5 & 10. I don't weigh the veg we eat but we always have 3 veg with dinner. We have a bag of spinach a day which is usually mixed with couscous; Freeman or rice. Is the 3 tablespoons for a portion before or after cooking. Do onions count as one of your 10 a day? I eat a couple of pieces of fruit a day too. Not sure what my dentist will say as she always says too much citrus fruit is bad for teeth. Maybe I need to look at vegetarian recipes. Does the 10 a day work if you are eating other things that maybe bad for you?
Wilf
23rd Feb 2017
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I think what they are saying is eat healthily but also have 10 a day as well
ecarg
23rd Feb 2017
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Not quite madness but and no need to eat like a rabbit.10 portions seems to many ,advice changes constantly ,low fat not low fat and all the conflicting information, As John Herb says our parents ate a balanced diet and lived their three score years and ten.Less chemicals around then ,more growing their own and that trend is back on the increase.Balance in diet as in life is something to aim for but not necessarily easy to achieve . Banish the biscuit tin or develop willpower which will I do today?
JohnHerb
23rd Feb 2017
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Madness! Another government dictat? Am I a Rabbit? I will need to be to eat 10 portions of veg a day. Ok so I will convert to a vegetarian and the next thing in 5 years they will be saying oh do not eat more than 1 vegetable a day but eat 10 eggs (Edwina Curry comes to mind-dot eat eggs and now we are told you can eat as many as you want as its the right type of Cholesterol?) I will eat what I feel like eating. My grandparents lived into their 90s and ate normal diets all their lives. What would HM Gov say about that?
Jenninora
23rd Feb 2017
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These missives from government annoy some people. Our age group could teach them about good old fashioned vegetable and herb growing.
jeanmark
23rd Feb 2017
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I agree with what you say JohnHerb but I think Edwina Curry was referring to Salmonella rather than Cholesterol with regard to eggs, she caused a right old hoo ha.
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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What would HM Gov say to that? WE CAN"T AFFORD YOUR PENNSION. Eat ten a day!
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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Yes, Jeanmark, she did, and caused millions of chickens to be slaughtered and many men and women to lose their jobs, for no reason at all. The net effect is so much of our poultry is now raised in Poland, and raised without the standard safeguards for their welfare we employ. It could have been a deeply political move on her part!

Every chicken carries salmonella. Every duck, turkey and goose carries salmonella. What Curry did was nothing short of scaremongering which caused mass hysteria. Politicians at their worst.
MrsPat
23rd Feb 2017
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10 a day? I have not got room to eat 10 a day I am only small. The price of fruit and veg is going up and I cannot even get some veg as the Spanish have had weather problems
Marley444
23rd Feb 2017
5
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I tend to make a smoothie in my Nutri-bullet most mornings and try to add more veg than fruit to cut down on sugar. I also blend with coconut water. I think that eating 10 pieces of fruit would be way too much sugar each day! I think eating more veg especially brightly coloured veg high in antioxidants is the way to go.
Jenninora
23rd Feb 2017
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What you do Marley sounds the same as what I do daily. Keep the sugar consumption low. As I forage I have fun with different tastes. Some I add to my favourite fruit in the blender. I am careful though.
ecarg
23rd Feb 2017
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Storing sufficient fruit and veg to eat 10 portions a day would be difficult,I already find things are going off before I can eat them as living alone it isn't always easy to buy smaller quantities as larger packs are cheaper. Frozen fruit and veg are fine but again freezer space is limited. Prehaps I should get a bigger freezer or go shopping more often.Maybe I'll start having a small salad before dinner and I usually have home made soup for lunch. I'm headed to the kitchen to make some leek and potato and then shove in any other veg that's on turn .My son calls this soup The Usual, sometimes it's a bit unusual when I add chilli flakes, Hot !
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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That's exactly what we do a couple of times a week. Well said.
Wilf
23rd Feb 2017
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I thought I was doing well with my 5 a day and fruit is expensive..well it is for me. So I have some blueberries with breakfast for my eyes, one banana in the morning, about 3 oranges a day, one apple a day and a few pieces of veg each day. So nearly 10. Need to inform the Mrs that we need more. But we also eat potatoes most days so I suppose I am nearly up to 10?
Lionel
25th Feb 2017
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Wilf, if you sustain ten portions a day, given with some difficulty, the state will raise the bar again, to fifteen or twenty.

Seems to me there's some undeclared vegans in government who are determined to enforce their way of eating on us all.

I think we'll stay with meat, fish, home raised eggs and fruit and veggies as we want them. Our bodies know best.
Wilf
26th Feb 2017
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Yes I think you are right Lionel. I saw an article today about the ITV presenter Kate who is turning 50 who said she ignores many diets...she couldn't remember if fat is the enemy now or carbohydrates. To be honest I never took any notice anyway

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