How many portions of fruit and veg is it possible to eat in a day?!

Omagh, Northern Ireland
April 5, 2011 7:31pm CST
Here in the UK,there's a health campaign to eat a recommended "5 a Day",referring to portions of fruit and veggies...I read an article this week that stated while for most people this was an aspirational target to aim for,it should actually be considered a minimum intake,as other countries around the world recommend a higher figure,with up to 10 portions in some,and the Japanese topped the poll with something like 17 portions.. How many can you eat? or have done?
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11 responses
• United States
6 Apr 11
I am an American but I do not understand why so many have a hard time eating fruits and veggies. I am dieting and there fore keeping better track of what I eat. I averaged before the diet 8-9 servings of fruit and veggies. I usually have fruit with breakfast, and veggies in my eggs that's two right there. I only allow fruit as a snack in our home so I have a piece in between lunch and breakfast too. I always have a salad with my lunch and dinner meals that's up to 5 servings and then veggies with my usual meals. Sometimes a fruit based (often) dessert. Grilled peaches or apples a favorite. I was fed this way my whole life and do not see why it is so hard.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
Personally,I'm thinking I haven't allocated enough meal and snack breaks in my routine to fit them in! I need more downtime in my life..
• United States
9 Apr 11
Try adding a salad to each meal. By that I do not mean just a green salad but a nice fruit salad, broccoli salad, pea, corn any really. Go online to look for recipes to try. Just adding them to the meals will help a lot.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
12 Apr 11
You know, on a bad day, I most likely eat about five portions of fruit and vegetables. Perhaps slightly more in some cases. I think that it is very easy snack. Then again, I always keep raisins on my desk that are able to eat. Have a banana in the morning, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I tend to pick and choose the best from my garden. Therefore, maybe seven or eight, sometimes five, sometimes more than seven or eight, it really depends on the day.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Apr 11
Having fruit trees or growing your own veggies would be an excellent way of saving money on produce and getting plenty of them in your diet too,when in season..
• United States
6 Apr 11
I can eat a fruit or veggie al day long. Once I eat it I feel so much better about myself. I am going now to get me an apple to snack on.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
And My Job here is done...
6 Apr 11
to be honest i dont know why we get told to eat so much fruit and veg. i know they say its good for us but isnt too much of something a bad thing?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
Looks like they're trying to do something that'll slow down or turn around this obesity problem caused by an unhealthy diet..
• Philippines
6 Apr 11
i've been a member of dietary supplement here in the philippines that believes in '5x a day" intake of fruit and vegetables. our company provide this daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants and immunity enhancing phytochemicals in one sachet of herbal drink. this product is recommended by many doctors, healthcare professionals and specialists in our country. this product also guaranteed to provide that extra energy boost, maintenance for wellness, wholeness and over-all well-being and protection from stress and many illnessess. it even cure diseases like kidney problems, liver problems, psoriasis, stroke, thyroid disorder, cancer, heart diseases and many many more. because we believe, not all people can take 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. maybe for a few days but not daily. especially with the kids who sometimes doesnt want the taste of vegetables. so for better and easy maintenance of those recommended daily requirements for a better health, they provide it all in a drink form which even a kid will surely love!
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
If it covers all the bases of the healthy eating requirements,it sounds like a good idea..
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
6 Apr 11
I know we are recommended to eat 5 portions of fruits and vegetable a day, I am lucky if I get to eat 2 portion of any. Our eating habits are really awful. I do, however, take my multiple vitamin and other nutritious drinks such as green tea, powder greens that I just mix with water. I try to stay away from fruits juices because of the sugar. Certain fruits and vegetables are not right for me either, because of their high content of carbohydrates as well as the sugar content.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
That's the thing-some of us have other dietary considerations too,it's not just eating whatever might be available..
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
6 Apr 11
I am not really sure about what portion is right or recommended but for me as long as I have fruits and vegetables in my diet in a day then its good enough for me and I wont have problems with my health anymore.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
That's my view too..so long as you're eating healthy,it's all good!
@marguicha (100267)
• Chile
6 Apr 11
I agree with Suzie. Five portions are not hard at all. In fact, where I live, it would be hard to eat less than that. Most of the times our desserts are fruits. If I´m lazy, I´ll eat just one (I like my fruit peeled). But my grandchildren eat a lot more. As for salads, we always have a salad as one of the side dishes. When I don´t want to bother much, I wash some greens, cut up some avocado or tomatos over them and that´s it. But cooked veggies are eaten too as part of a meal and that does not count a a salad. I make a lot of vegetable creams, casseroles and stews fiull of veggies. I like to eat quiches and omelettes made of vegetables. I eat artichokes on season. YUMMY!!!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
I work shifts,so can't always plan meals using perishable fruits and veggies..I make use of frozen and canned produce as a result.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
6 Apr 11
We have the "5 a day" campaign in the U.S., too. It isn't very hard--orange juice and a banana for breakfast, a salad or veggies for lunch, a fruit as an afternoon snack, and a veggie for dinner and you have five. Ten gets a little tougher, but depending on how many veggies are in the salad, or if you eat yogurt with fruit in it, or have more than one serving of pure fruit juice, etc., you can still reach it fairly easily. On the other hand,17 servings a day seems like a difficult goal to reach!
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
I'm thinking going above 10 will mean a nearly all vegetarian diet...
@picjim (3003)
• India
6 Apr 11
I can manage at best to eat three different fruit of the season at three times in the day.Beyond that its not possible in my schedule.I think i should try and accommodate more.There is a good chance that during the season i may eat more of a fruit that is easily available.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Apr 11
I too enjoy seasonal fruits,but they'd be a treat,not a regular part of my intake..
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Apr 11
hi shepherdspy here in the US we hear five to nine servings of fruits and veggies in all colors as they all add different and good things to healthy eating.also fruit juices and mixed fruit juices also count and I love to drink v8 to get some of my veggies that way. I also am great for salads but not ice berg lettuce use romaine or leaf lettuce or other greens as theyhave more vitamins in them the greener the better and spinach also makes a great salad too.As a diabetic when I cooked for myself I used to adhere to these serving but here in Gold Crest they are woefully low on good quality veggies