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 🙂