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Why do we need "2 & 5"?...

Posted May 13 2009 12:00am

Recent research shows that most people would benefit from increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. A lifetime habit of eating adequate amounts fruit and vegetables every day can help prevent:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Constipation
It can also
  • Reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  • Improve control of diabetes

Health authorities recommend you eat at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables every day. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should aim to eat 4 to 5 serves of fruit and 6 to 7 serves of vegetables to meet the extra demands of the body.

The amount children should eat depends on their age, appetite and physical activity levels.

Australian adults eat on average 2-3 serves of vegetables per day, half the recommended 5 serves for good health. Although people eat vegetables on most days, they need to increase the amount they eat.

Australian adults eat on average 1-2 serves of fruit per day, most should eat more for their health.

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