Fruit and vegetables always seem to be in the news so we are constantly being told what to eat and what not to eat. It’s time the record was set straight. Here at Fitness Training Solutions, we recognise that a healthy diet is an integral part of maintaining a fitness regime- however it can become confusing about what we should and should not do, especially when it concerns our 5 a day. Here is the lowdown on this popular and well debated topic…

Why is fruit and veg so good for us?

Fruit and vegetables are filled with necessary vitamins and minerals that our bodies need in order to function and stay healthy. In particular, both of these food groups are a great source of fibre, which helps us maintain a healthy digestive system. Plus, they tend to be generally low in calories which means they are a perfect addition to a balanced diet.

Why should we eat 5 a day?

The guideline says that we should consume 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day and that this should be equal to a third of our daily food consumption. This recommendation comes from the World Health Organisation (WHO) where studies concluded that 400g of fruit and vegetables per day was considered the most beneficial.

What is considered a portion?

When we talk about 5 ‘portions’ of fruit and vegetables, some people become overwhelmed at the prospect of having to eat bowls of vegetables- however a portion is considered to be 80g for adults, which is similar to 3 tablespoons or a large handful. For dried fruit, the portion is considered to be 30g or one heaped teaspoon whilst a portion of vegetables equates to 2-4 tablespoons. Remember a 150ml glass of pure fruit juice can also count as one of your five a day too.

Whether you’re training yourself or helping a client shape their diet to fit their fitness regime, knowing how food fits into our lifestyle is the next step towards achieving our fitness goals. Get in contact with the best personal training courses around to find out more information!