5 myths about 5-a-day

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Is one of these "reasons" stopping you from eating your 5-a-day? We debunk some myths about fruit and vegetables.

1. I don’t have time to eat 5-a-day

Some simple meal planning can solve this problem. Organise lunches and dinners in advance and always include fruit and vegetables on your shopping list. Pop berries in small pots for portability and carry snack packs of dried fruit in your bag.

2. Eating 5-a-day will make me put on weight

A common myth is that fruit and root vegetables are ‘fattening’ due to their sugar content. They do contain fructose, but this is present naturally and is not ‘added’ sugar.

Eating 5-a-day can help you feel fuller for longer and less likely to snack on sugary or fatty foods (due to the fibre content), helping you lose weight. Fruits and vegetables are also naturally low in calories.

Read our myths about putting on weight.

3. Fresh is better than frozen and tinned

All count towards your 5-a-day. Vegetables are often frozen within hours of being picked, so may contain more nutrients than fresh ones. Tinned fruits and vegetables are often canned quickly, preserving the nutrients. When buying tinned products, choose fruits in natural juice (not syrup) and vegetables in water (not brine).

4. Fruit and vegetables are too expensive

Fresh produce can be cheaper if bought from local markets, discount supermarkets or at the end of the day when there are bargains to be had. Remember, frozen and tinned products count, and are often cheaper and last for longer. Try budget brands of tinned fruits and vegetables too.

5. Organic is best

It’s a myth that organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious; evidence suggests there is no clear health benefit. Organic varieties contain the same nutrients, vitamins and minerals as those grown conventionally.

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