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Do you REALLY need to eat your five-a-day?

Five? Seven? Fewer? More? Conflicting reports make it difficult for consumers to be sure just how many servings of fruit and vegetables are best to eat each day. Sue Quinn talks to the experts to shed some light on the matter

THE SANE VIEW

For almost 15 years, the importance of eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day has been a cornerstone of the UK government’s health advice. But the average intake still falls well short of official guidelines, and scientists, doctors and the media convey mixed messages about how many servings are best for good health. Consumers have reason to be confused.

Consider these recent media reports. “A five-a-day diet of fruit and vegetables is best – more is pointless, study finds,” says one headline. “Five-a-day fruit and veg advice ‘unrealistic’,” claims another. “Seven-a-day fruit and veg ‘saves lives’,” suggests an online news service, while another shouts: “Five reasons why five-a-day isn’t enough”.

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The April issue of delicious. is packed full of Easter fun: a prep-ahead feast with timeplan, Nathan Outlaw’s outrageously good pies, Mary Berry’s perfect scones, seasonal bakes and a family quiz. And what would Easter be without chocolate? Try our dreamy choc puddings and make your own designer eggs. After all the fun, relax with one-pan midweek suppers and ideas for leftovers and money-saving meals. Plus all the tips and techniques to make you a better cook and a free egg recipe supplement.
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