59% of people are confused about how much fruit and veg they should consume

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27th October 2014 15:11 - Food

Research has revealed that 59% of people are confused about Government recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption.

The survey of 2,000 adults, which was carried out by juice brand, Tropicana, suggested that 50% of adults were not aware that potatoes are too ‘starchy’ to be considered as a vegetable, according to the Department of Health. As well as this, 40% did not know that baked beans could be 1 of an individual’s 5-a-day.

At the top of the list of items which respondents did not know were part of one’s 5-a-day were sweet potatoes, tinned fruit, kidney beans and unsweetened fruit juice.

Relating to portion sizes, approximately 94% of adults wrongly considered between 3 and 5 florets of cauliflower to be one of their 5-a-day when in reality, 8 are needed.

Shockingly, only 30% of adults meet the minimum recommendation of 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, according to this year’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey.

Reasons behind this low percentage (30%) was inconvenience (37%) followed by the cost of fruit and vegetables (28%), expiry dates (27%) and lack of time to consider how to incorporate them into their diets (19%).

Researchers from the University College London suggest that actually, adults should be eating 7 portions of fruit and veg a day rather than 5.

However, the survey suggested that 77% of people think this would be near impossible to achieve.

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