To maintain good health, you should be aiming to eat at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables every day. But most Australians eat only half the recommended amount, and research suggests most people would benefit from increasing their daily intake.
Why eat more fruit and vegetables?
Fruits and vegetables are the best things you can put in your diet plan. Packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, they are great for your health, helping to protect your body from a wide range of conditions. Because of their high water content, they also have a very low caloric density, which means they have a small amount of calories in relation to their physical size, so you can fill up on plenty while still staying within your calorie limit. Plus, they are low-GI, so they keep you feeling full for longer. Perfect for losing weight!
What exactly is a serve?
One of the confusing things is knowing how much equals one serve. Luckily, it’s more straightforward than you think. Just try to remember the following:
One serve of vegetables is about 75 grams. That means:
One serve of fruit is 150 grams, which means:
If you can get in a variety of different fruits and vegetables you’ll get a good mix of nutrients, helping to ensure great overall health.
How to get in enough serves…
It can seem hard to get in enough serves of fruits and vegetables each day. But if you’re creative about it and make a few small changes to your diet, you’ll fit them in no problem.
Here are some ideas…
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