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Fruit and Vegetables, 'Portions'

Nutritionists say that we should aim to eat at least five 'portions' of fruit and vegetables a day - to remain healthy, as they provide the bulk of the vitamins and minerals we need. Dairy products, eggs, fish and meat provide the rest.

It's easier than you might think to manage this target, as a glass of fruit juice counts as one unit, individual items (such as apples and bananas) another, and just two tablespoons of cooked vegetables another.

Frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables can be just as good for you as fresh varieties.

No food can supply all our food needs, and the same goes for fruit and vegetables, fruit and vegetables are good providers of antioxidant vitamins A and C, the B vitamins folic acid and fibre. Folic acid is linked in the reduction of neural tube birth defects (such as spina bifida), heart attacks, strokes and colorectal cancer.

If you enjoy cooking take a minute to look at ‘Simon Scrutton French Cookery Classes’ on Google – and learn how to make top class bistro-style dishes. Suitable for beginners upwards. Small classes.

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