For many people the government's "five-a-day" campaign has firmly conveyed the message that everyone should be eating five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. But is this all there is to it? And what does a portion size look like?
Firstly, let's review that number: Recent research by BANT (The British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) recommends that people of all ages, including children, should in fact be eating 5 portions of vegetables and 2 portions of fruit every day. So, 7-a-day is in fact the ideal.
Secondly, let's check the ratio: we're not trying to get our children to eat 7 portions of fruit each day (we should be so lucky; that would be a lot easier!). The ratio of fruit to veg should very much be weighted towards the vegetables. So, 2 portions of fruit and 5 portions of vegetables would be perfect.
Thirdly, let's look at portion size: the easiest way to think of a portion of fruit or veg is to look at the palm of your child's hand. That is roughly one portion of fruit or veg for your child.
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