Get your five-a-day fruit and veg for under £1
Limited budget need not be a barrier to healthy eating
A limited budget need not be a barrier to eating healthily, as five portions of fruit and vegetables can cost just 80p a day, says a nutritionist.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is concerned the credit crunch will see shoppers ditchinghealthyfood items. But the WCRF’s Nathalie Winn said shoppers should buyin seasonand also usecheaper tinnedandfrozenproduce.
Fruit and vegetableconsumption has been linked to a reduced risk of some types ofcancer. Eating a variety of fruits could decrease the risk of developingcancersof the stomach, mouth, pharynx and larynx by nearly a fifth, and of the the oesophagus by 5%. Foods containing lycopene, such as tomatoes, have been shown to decrease the risk of prostatecancerby 20%.
Increases infood prices, and pressures on the family budget because of continuingeconomic problems, may prompt people to buy less fruit and vegetables because they think they are too expensive and are worried about wastage, they warned.
Ms Winn put together a daily menu to prove it is possible to get the recommended five portions a day forless than £1. ‘The fact is that fresh fruit and vegetables can sometimes be expensive,’ she says. ‘But if youshop carefullythere is no reason why you cannot have plenty of fruits and vegetables even on a very limited budget.
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