A recent study shows that 66 percent of adults are eating three, or fewer servings of fruit and vegetables a day

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28th July 2017 11:23 - Health

A recent study shows that 66 percent of adults are eating three, or fewer servings of fruit and vegetables a day

A recent study shows that 66 percent of adults are eating three, or fewer servings of fruit and vegetables a day: The survey goes on to explain that two thirds of adults are eating three or less portions of fruit and vegetables per day and three quarters of people are unsure what classifies as a portion. This unhealthy choice could pose the risk of 12 million people, in the UK, developing type two diabetes.

At the moment, there are 3.6 million people living with diabetes in the UK; 3.24 million of which, have type two diabetes.

Of the people with type two, three fifths of cases could be prevented, or delayed, by making simple lifestyle choices, like changing to a healthier diet and doing more exercise. However, this can be difficult as many people are unaware of the high levels of sugar in some every day foods. For example, granola has around 25g of sugar per 100g. 

Out of the survey respondents, one in three said that they added salt to their food before tasting it. Yet, too much salt in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, which can then go on to cause more serious health problems, such as: kidney disease, strokes and heart disease.

Despite 66 percent of adults eating three or fewer servings of fruit and vegetables a day, most people do want to change their diet, with 60 percent saying they would like to eat more fruit and vegetables. By consuming more vitamins and minerals, a more balanced diet is created, with the additional benefit of providing invigoration to the body's system and overall wellbeing. Consequently, this helps to improve overall health; thus reducing the risk of type two diabetes.

On the other hand, 23 percent of people thought that vegetables were too expensive and 10 percent thought that preparing healthy meals took too long.

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