National Nutrition Week: 15-21 October 2017

National Nutrition Week: 15-21 October 2017

This week is National Nutrition Week & this year the theme is ‘Try for 5’, which aims to encourage Australians to increase their vegetable intake to the recommended 5 serves per day.

So why should you eat vegetables?

  • Eating them each day can help maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure & cholesterol, & protect you against chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes & cancer.
  • They contain vitamins & minerals, antioxidants & fibre which are all really important for your health & wellbeing…Plus, they really tasty!

How many serves should you eat every day?

  • Adults: 5
  • Teenagers: 5
  • Children: 4 to 5
  • Toddlers: 2-3

What is a serve?

A standard serve is about 75g, this is:

  • ½ cup cooked green or orange vegetables (eg broccoli, spinach, carrots or pumpkin)
  • ½ cup cooked dried or canned beans, peas or lentils
  • 1 cup green leafy or raw salad vegetables
  • ½ cup sweet corn
  • ½ medium potato or sweet potato
  • 1 medium tomato

So whether they are fresh, frozen or canned, eating vegetables is an easy way to improve our health, so let’s all try to eat a rainbow this week 🙂


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