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SEASONAL ways to FIVE-A-DAY

The springtime larder is vibrant and plentiful. Embrace the fresh flavours of the new season with home-grown SPRING ONIONS, WATERCRESS and RADISHES

IN APRIL

SPRING ONIONS

These sprightly stems are the youngest members of the allium clan, pulled from the soil before the bulbs have a chance to swell and develop a more pungent flavour.

Nutritional reasons to buy

Spring onions help to boost levels of potassium, vitamin A and iron in our diets. In particular, they provide the B vitamin folate, which releases energy from the food we digest. This nutrient is especially important for pregnant women and those trying for a baby, to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Spring onions are high in vitamin C, too, which helps to keep tiredness at bay. They also contain flavonoids: antioxidants that may help to promote heart health.

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This month our experts and dietitians report on research that shows better sleep aids weight loss (and share diet tips for quality slumber), reveal what they feed their own kids, and give advice on spotting the signs of bowel cancer. We also investigate claims that the 8–week Blood Sugar diet can reverse type 2 diabetes, plus dish up a host of healthier spring eats…