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Are You Getting Enough?

Posted Jan 04 2012 8:02am
Fruit and veg. that is. In the UK the guidelines which are widely published are that we should all be eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg. per. day. Do you actually know what this means and are you getting it? Some guidelines:

  • The five portions is combined across fruit and veg, you do not need to eat five of both every day
  • The five should be varied; eat a mix of fresh foods to benefit from the different health benefits and vitamins contained in different foods
  • Potatoes do not count; these count towards your starchy food intake
  • Each portion should be roughly 80g, e.g.
  • Fresh, frozen, tinned and dried all count
  • Juices can count for 1 portion per. day
  • For more guidelines, visit the NHS site here
  • So now you may be wondering why I have suddenly got on my soap box and started going on about fruit and veg. guidelines which have been around for years. Well, the reason is that diet is closely linked to depression and many who suffer with poor digestion also suffer with depression. One way to begin to combat this or to help guard against it is to eat the right foods.

    Depression is an illness which has affected my life hugely and over the next few posts I will be exploring in more detail what we can all do to help defend ourselves against this illness. I’ll be looking at diet, exercise and the arguments for whether or not there is a genetic link to your likelihood to suffer with depression. For now though, I thought I’d start with a reminder of what we should be eating to keep well.  If you have any comments, I’d love to hear from you :-)


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