The recommended daily intake for adults is at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. Research shows that adults consume less than recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake and would benefit from increasing their consumption. One serve of fruit is roughly 150grams (one apple or 2 apricots) and one serve of vegetables is about 75 grams (1 tomato or 1 cup of salad vegetables).
The benefits of eating diets high in fruit and vegetables are still being discovered. They provide many of the essential nutrients needed for good health, and protect against a number of diseases. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake decreases the risk of diseases such as heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, type 2 diabetes and many forms of cancer. Eating more fruit and vegetables can assist in maintaining a healthy weight. The fibre in fruit and vegetables helps reduce the risk of constipation. Diets high in fruit and vegetables are high in folate, which helps prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
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