What is 5-a-day?
5-a-day refers to the amount of fruit and vegetables that we should consume daily.
Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5-a-day. These can be eaten both fresh as well as cooked in dishes such as soups, pasta and stews.
In addition, beans and pulses also count towards your 5-a-day, but only one portion of them per day, no matter how many you eat. This is because they contain fewer nutrients in comparison to fruits and vegetables.
|Frozen fruit and vegetables|
|Tinned or canned fruit and vegetables. Be sure to buy products that have no added sugar or salt, and generally limit the use of tinned or canned choices|
|Dried fruit. One portion is 30g. Dried fruit should be eaten in moderation due to its high sugar content|
|Fruit and vegetable juice. Unsweetened 100% fruit or vegetable juice counts as just one portion per day, no matter how much you drink. However, fruit juices should be limited to only one glass a day due to their high sugar content|
|Fruit and vegetable smoothies. If they are made with whole fruits or vegetables, they can count as more than one portion|
|Some starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, swedes and turnips. However, potatoes, yams, cassava and plantain do not|