5 A DAY The 5 A Day Programme Background Importance of Fruit and Vegetables Why eat more fruit and vegetables? Why are fruit and vegetables protective? How do fruit and vegetables fit into a healthy diet? What is a portion? Useful contacts 5 A Day - Background
(adapted from British Heart Foundation, 2000)
Each of these is an example of a portion of fruit or veg.
One portion weighs about 80g/3 oz or about a ‘handful.’
You don’t have to eat only fresh foods: Fresh, frozen, chilled, canned 100% juice and dried fruits and vegetables all count.
Fruit juice & pulses
only count as 1 portion
per day, no matter how
often you have them, as
they don’t contain enough fibre
A portion of dried fruit is about the same as you would eat if it was fresh e.g. 3 dried apricots, 2 figs
Department of Health
Telephone: 020 7210 4850
Food Standards Agency
Telephone: 020 7276 8000