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Five a Day

Eddie Mair | 15:44 UK time, Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Here is the official advice. Do you take it...and is it any good anyway? We'll talk about it tonight. Sadly no-one from the department of health is available.


  1. At 04:15 PM on 03 Oct 2007, Helena Andcart wrote:

    Five a Day? Don't think I'd have the stamina but I'll give it a go!

  2. At 04:18 PM on 03 Oct 2007, Karen wrote:

    I go for eating a rainbow to get a mix. Apparently chocolate oranges cannot be counted as one of the five a day either!

  3. At 05:10 PM on 03 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    That's a useful link for those of us (me included!) who sometimes scratch their head over what exactly constitutes a 'one'. Strange, though. 10 blackberries = 1, but 1 kiwi fruit only = a half. And who would want to eat tinned strawberries?

  4. At 05:52 PM on 03 Oct 2007, mac wrote:

    Times HAVE changed, haven't they!

    In my day five a day was a packet of Woodbines a day. In fact it was the title of Walsall's contribution to Westen literature - 'Five Fags a Day'. These days you really do need a packet of 20 to get you through the blog long day

    yours till the blog is righted


  5. At 06:10 PM on 03 Oct 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Five portions of fruit and veg *the size of your fist* per day? Ridiculous!

    That's about the same volume of food I eat in a day. Breakfast and lunch together would barely make two fists. I wonder how long I'd last eating *only* fruit and veg?

    Still, I'll get some health benefit from boycotting all of Cadbury's products after their shameful behaviour today. Profit *cannot* be the be-all and end-all of running a company.

  6. At 06:20 PM on 03 Oct 2007, Carol wrote:

    My sweet husband believes that a litre of calorie-reduced grape juice (aka wine) counts towards his 5 a day. I keep telling him he's wrong.

    Which of us is correct, please?

  7. At 07:05 PM on 03 Oct 2007, michael golding wrote:

    The extra diversity rule is quite impractacle and would take too much planning to make it work. If I eat a portion of salad, peas, carrots,apple and pear 1 day and substitute an extra apple for the pear then next because I've run out - I cannot believe my diet becomes less healthy. I can understand the need to warn people that try to get all 5 in a lot of smoothies this is not good, but not this. Otherwise people will just give in!

  8. At 07:20 PM on 03 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Carol (6)

    I'm with your SO on this one....hic....pash the bottle..

  9. At 07:44 PM on 03 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Carol (6)

    I'm with your SO on this one....hic....pash the bottle.....

    .......argh vintage 502...

  10. At 10:07 PM on 03 Oct 2007, Paul H wrote:

    Really bugs me when "no-one from the Department of So-and-So was available for comment"

    How about a new deal? If they aren't available for a comment when YOU ask them, then don't publicise the stories they hawk at THEIR press briefings.

    Might make a shorter PM, but then it'd give you more time to talk about the blog!

  11. At 10:18 PM on 03 Oct 2007, Oliver wrote:

    So a fistful of strawberries counts as 1, a single banana counts as 1, but if you whizz them all together as a strawberry and banana smoothie, then it just counts as 1? That's not right... no wonder people are confused.

  12. At 10:31 PM on 03 Oct 2007, jonnie wrote:

    A shame that potatoes do not count! - I could easily devour a bag of crisps - or portion of chips :-)

  13. At 10:44 AM on 04 Oct 2007, Karen wrote:

    You see the sense in my rainbow now! Different colours to get the mix throughout the day. A dietician I worked with said portion size was the less critical thing it was more a case of developing a habit of eating a variety of fruit and veg. She said that a smoothie could only count as one though and you should only really count one liquid portion a day (juice or smoothie).

  14. At 11:01 AM on 04 Oct 2007, Wonko wrote:

    I take it fruit pastilles don't count either? Shame.

    I'm actually a little hacked off with all this healthy eating advice we're bombarded with. New and contradictory reports seem to come out on almost a daily basis. First there's one claiming n% risk increase of x terrible disease from eating something, then there's another saying that the same thing gives a n% benefit for a different health problem. If you paid attention to every food that was apparently bad for us each week you'd never eat anything at all! My Grandmother's approach is simple: good food and plenty of it, and she recently celebrated her 93rd Birthday. Just keep active and have all things in moderation, after all something's going to get me one day! I'd rather enjoy life in the meantime.

  15. At 01:28 PM on 04 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Wonko (14)

    ...yeah, I know what you mean, woz crossing the road after getting some apples and pears from the stall and woz on my way to the green grocers to get some cabbage and some sprouts and stuff and got hit by a bus.....

    5-a-day.....1 x Adn*ms, 1 x Gui*ess, 1 x Jo*nny Walkies....well u gets the idea...

  16. At 03:07 PM on 04 Oct 2007, Nigel N wrote:

    Looking at the official advice website I see that it proclaims "top tips for top mums".

    ***!! sexist website. Do they think that dads know everything, or that we don't play any part in the care of our children, or that we don't care? Burger and chips for my son tonight then.

  17. At 03:54 PM on 04 Oct 2007, Charlie wrote:

    Carol @ 6

    Clearly, your husband's correct

    And, to achieve his daily target, he merely needs to consume another four bottles daily

  18. At 07:45 PM on 04 Oct 2007, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Nigel @ 16, I love the idea of a website that says "Top tips for top nurturers". It's got a really nanny-state ring to it, don't you think?


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