Hands up who eats at least 3 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day? Okay you, you and you (the lady in the blue skirt,) you can stop reading this article. For the rest of you however, read on!

We may get plenty of reminders concerning how much vegetables and fruit we should be consuming but is the message getting through? According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, nearly 80% of Australians in the youth to young adult bracket don’t consume enough of either. The percentages are also high (around 60-75%) in the other age brackets. 

It’s a myth that it’s cheaper to eat junk food (compare the cost of a piece of fruit compared to a chocolate bar.) Why are we slacking? That’s for us all as individuals to figure out and then to remedy. Let’s take a look at what we’re missing out on when we lack an adequate intake of fruit and veges.

• VITAMINS – there are so many awesome vitamins contained in fruits and vegetables that it would take the whole of the day to list them all!

• MINERALS – see above

• FLAVANOIDS - plant chemicals that act like antioxidants

• DIETARY FIBRE – When we lack fibre in our diet we can gain weight, become constipated and more. 

What’s at Risk?

Heart Disease
Risk reduction is estimated as high as 20 – 40% among individuals who
consume substantial amounts of fruits and vegetables. 

Diets containing substantial and varied amounts of fruits and vegetables could prevent 20% or more of all cases of cancer. 

Five studies have reported that high fruit and vegetable
intake can reduce the risk of a stroke by up to 25 %.

Alright, enough said. EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! Oh yeah, and potato chips and carrot cake doesn’t count. 

Check out this vid for 21 facts about fruit that you may, but I’m betting don’t know! At least I didn’t
know a lot of them.