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Brits still not eating their five-a-day of fruit and veg

Published on 17/01/2012

The UK is at the bottom of the European league table for healthy eating, according to a new report.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends people eat a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day, excluding potatoes and other starchy vegetables.

But a report by the European Food Information Centre reveals that the average Brit eats only 258g a day. Only those in Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Iceland eat less than us.

Just four of 19 countries surveyed actually reached the WHO target, with Poland (577g) coming top, The Grocer reported. It was followed by Italy (452g), Germany (442g) and Austria (413g).

The report did show that consumption of fruit and veg has increased in Britain since the 1970s, perhaps thanks to the ‘five-a-day’ government scheme.

Low consumption of fruit and vegetables has been associated with a higher risk of developing cancers like bowel and throat, and cardiovascular disease.

Tam Fry, a spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, commented: "It is disastrous that we eat so little fruit and veg.

"It is hugely important in terms of nutrition, and they are also foodstuffs that don't tend to have lots of calories."

Patients with certain private medical insurance policies can be rewarded for eating a healthy diet. For example, PruHealth’s Vitality scheme awards points to its customers for living a healthy lifestyle.

PruHealth customers will now collect 10 Nectar points for every £1 spent on healthy food in Sainsbury’s, from a list of over 1,500 products. Customers will also be awarded 1 Vitality point for every £2 spent, in order to promote healthy eating.

Compare health insurance quotes online now to be rewarded for eating a healthy diet.

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