Everyone knows the importance of eating five portions of fruit and veg a day - but are you sure you're eating the right kind?
We all know the benefits of eating fresh fruit and veg – but what if we’re filling up on the wrong kind? Hell, we didn’t even know there was such a thing!
According to new research, the UK’s favourite fruit and vegetables, such as carrots and oranges, are not necessarily the best.
Instead, we should be developing our tastes and minds by opting for less obvious options, like sweet potatoes, papaya and kale.
Not only will our palates benefit from the variety, but they contain more phytonutrients – plant compounds that have been proven to boost the health of the eyes, bone, heart, brain and immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
To put it in perspective, a handful of papaya contains 15 times more beta-cryptoxanthin – another essential vitamin A – than a glass of orange juice.
Dr Keith Randolph, of U.S. vitamin pill manufacturer Nutrilite, says: ‘This data highlights not only the quantity but the significant impact that quality and variety of the fruits and vegetables can have.’
But not everyone aggress. Dr Emma Williams, of the British Nutrition Foundation, says: ‘No food is a superfood if it is not part of a healthy, varied and balanced diet.’