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Are you eating enough vegetables?

September 12, 2018

Are you eating enough vegetables?

We’ve been hearing about the importance of getting 5 portions of vegetables since we were knee high to a grasshopper. Unlike a lot of classic health warnings (milk anyone?), this one is based on cold hard science based facts.

The reality is that fruit and vegetables are little powerhouses and can have a huge effect on our health and overall wellbeing. The NHS has this to say on the subject:

  1. Fruit and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  2. They're an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems which I think we all welcome. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
  3. They can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
  4. Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
  5. Fruit and vegetables are damn delicious. Does there really need to be any other benefits other than this?

 

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The reality is that, despite all of this,  the vast majority of us don’t get enough fruit and vegetables in our day to day diet. According to the NHS, a whopping 74% of us don’t consume our 5-a-day with the average portion coming in at just 3.6. Scary.


Why is this? Many of us are time poor, we don’t fully understand how beneficial vegatebles are or the importance of them, maybe we think they’re expensive or we don’t know how to prepare them or perhaps we don’t think we like the taste of them (yes, those people exist).


The first step in getting a grasp on the concept of 5-a-day is understanding what constitutes a portion. Well the NHS has come to the rescue once again here and defines a portion as 80g so to get your full complement of 5 portions you would need to be consuming 400g in total over the course of the day - this can be where a lot of people run into difficulty but it doesn’t have to be so hard!

 

vegan meal ingredient

We’ve made things easy and designed all our fiid bowls to provide a minimum of 3 portions of your 5 a day in one meal. They’re made up of over 50% vegetables, pulses and beans so they’re full of nutrients and taste delicious but most importantly they make upping your vegetable intake a painless experience.

Consuming just 200g of fruit and veg, roughly 2.5 portions or half your 5 a day, is enough to offer considerable benefits.Studies have shown that a daily intake of just 200g of vegetables or fruit reduced the risks of heart disease by 16%, chances of strokes by 18% and risks of cardiovascular disease by 13% as well as leading to a 15% less chance of premature death. What’s more, just 200g fruit and vegetables per day has been shown to reduce the chance of getting cancer by 4%

So there you have it. What more do you need to convince you to get munching on those veggies? Order your fiid today!


How Donations Work

Life is a little overwhelming right now. You feel it. We feel it. Everyone feels it. But perhaps no one feels it more so than our friends and family working overtime as healthcare professionals on the front line. We know many of  you want to express your gratitude for the hard work being carried out in hospitals across the country so we decided to create a way for you to donate a case of fiid to a hospital of your choice. 

How does it work?

  1. Click the donate box at the bottom of your order to add to cart
  2. Write the name of the hospital to which you’d like us to send
  3. Complete the order by following the payment steps
  4. We’ll send the meals by courier to your hospital along with a note of encouragement to let them know how much we appreciate them