By Sarah Best.
A couple of weeks ago we gave you our take on the recent news reports questioning the health benefits of fruit and vegetables. We just wanted to chip in again, after Holly Paige's bang-on observation in the "Comments" section, that everything we consume that is not a fruit or a vegetable is supplementary.
Five servings of fruit and veg - the amount that's allegedly the maximum we need to make sure to consume - amounts to around 500g. Yet the reality is that the official recommendation has this completely back to front! Here's the real deal:
500g is about the maximum we should be looking to consume per day of foods that are not micronutrient-rich fruits or vegetables!
We've said it before and we'll say it again: eating "five a day" won't get anyone to optimum health.
But a diet based around fruits and vegetables, with no more than half a kilo of other food a day?
Now you're talking!
Go from the standard 500g of fruit and vegetables a day, to around 500g of other foods a day - and the rest fruit and veg - and enjoy a massive improvement in your health.