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A portion is 80g of fresh, frozen, raw or canned fruit or vegetables but this doesn't include any peel, skin

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What is a Portion? Many people are unsure of what a portion actually is and so don't know if they are eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables a day. UK guidelines for adults and children 5+ are to eat at least '5 a day' but ideally we should be aiming for 7-9 portions a day. (www.ich.ucl.ac.uk) A portion is 80g of fresh, frozen, raw or canned fruit or vegetables but this doesn't include any peel, skin or parts that you don't eat. Different types of food count as different portions for example an average sized apple or pear etc counts a s one portion whereas you would have to eat two small oranges or plums etc to equal the amount of a portion. ...read more.

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This is because although they contain fibre, they don't give the same mixture of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients as fruit and vegetables do. Another important fact is that potatoes are not considered as a portion of five fruit and vegetables. The reason for this is that they are known as 'starchy foods'. Other examples of these kinds of foods are, yams cassava and plantain. (www.dh.gov.uk) A glass of 100% juice (fruit or vegetable) counts as one portion. But you can only count juice as one portion a day, however much you drink. This is because it has very little fibre. Also by juicing the fruit or vegetables it squashes the natural sugars out of the cells that normally contain them, which means that drinking juice in between meals isn't good for your teeth. ...read more.

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(Year 11 GCSE notes) The fruit and vegetables in convenience foods-such as ready meals, sauces, puddings and soups all contribute to 5 a day but these kinds of foods can be high in added salt, sugar or fat. If too much of these are eaten it can effect your health in later years and can cause dental carries and obesity leading to heart attacks. Although fruit and vegetables can be obtained from them these kinds of foods should only be eaten in moderation. (www.dh.gov.uk) Overall it is very important to include a wide range of fruit and vegetables in your diet to obtain essential vitamins and minerals and to try and aim eating at least five portions of it a day. Cheryl Conway 12b ...read more.

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