Are you eating the ‘right’ fruit and veg?

Friday 21st May, 2010

You might be getting your ‘five a day’ but researchers are now saying the fruit and veg most people choose may not always be the best choice.

A new study from the US has discovered that most people get the right nutrition from only a few types of fruit and vegetables but there are better choices available.

As an example, researchers said a papaya is better than an orange and sweet potato is better than carrots. Papaya provides 15 times the amount of beta-cryptoxanthin than oranges and sweet potato has double the amount of beta-carotene compared with carrots.

“This data highlights the importance of not only the quantity but also the significant impact the quality and variety of the fruits and vegetables you eat can have on your health,” said lead researcher Keith Randolph.

However, The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) said people should be cautious about eating selective foods to improve or enhance their health.

“They are right that some foods are richer sources of phytonutrients. But at the end of the day, to be healthy you need to make sure you have a varied and balanced diet,” said Dr Emma Williams of the BNF

“No one food can give you everything you need.”



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