Would you like to eat more fruits and vegetables?

In 2017, about one in four Europeans (27%) ate fruit at least twice a day, according to Eurostat data. An additional 37% of the EU population ate fruit once a day, and the remaining 36% ate fruit infrequently or not at all during the normal week.

This suggests that most of us have not reached the five parts of fruits and vegetables that WHO says should be eaten daily and daily.

Many WHO reports and strategies recommend increasing population-level fruit and vegetable consumption to promote health. And health benefits are important.

Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber, which helps promote gut health. The UK’s NHS states that consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Fruits and vegetables are also usually low in fat and calories, to promote a balanced diet in Western countries where what we eat is highly processed and often contains excess fat and additional sugar. Useful.

All of this is now fairly common knowledge in many parts of Europe. Educational promotion of five-day campaigns in public schools means that many of us recognize that at least some fruit and vegetable consumption is generally beneficial. But the facts remain and consumption is still low. I haven’t received the message. Or, at least, it hasn’t changed the way we eat.

“The facts about health and nutrition are not enough.”Dietitian Barbara Bray, director of technical services and nutrition consultants, Allo Solutions said today at an event hosted by Germany’s Life Sciences Multinational Bayer. “Facts are important for informing people, but they do not drive behavioral change.” Would you like to eat more fruits and vegetables?

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