Tuesday 1 October is World Vegetarian Day and while we are all very much meat-lovers here at N1 – we do after all provide the best quality meat Cape Town and Johannesburg has to offer – we don’t for a moment underestimate the importance of including fruit and vegetables in our daily eating plans.
We all know we need to eat five portions a day for optimal health, but do you know where and why the 5-a-day first began?
To begin with, 5-a-day is 5 portions of fruit and vegetables in total, not five portions of each, with the average portion size being around 80g. The why is easy – research shows that eating fruit and vegetables provides significant health benefits for our bodies! And the where or who, is the WHO – that’s World Health Organisation – who recommend a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
- Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
- They're an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
- They can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
- Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
- Fruit and vegetables taste delicious and there's so much variety to choose from.
When choosing what to eat, remember to also eat from the rainbow i.e. choose a variety of fruit and vegetables of different colours, that way you’re guaranteed to get different combinations of all the fibre, vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs!
And for all your non-Halaal and Halaal certified meat needs, along with a variety of wholesale frozen vegetables; remember N1 for the best in quality, service and delivery!