Reasons Why You Should Eat Five a Day
If you’ve spent a little bit of time browsing the Urban Kitchen website, you’ll have noticed that our soups contain enough vegetable content to count as one of your five a day.
We’ve all heard that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables per day is good for us, but many of us don’t really know why. We’re just told to do it, so we do.
What we’re going to look at today are just a few of the reasons for why it’s so important for you to get your five a day.
Vitamins and Minerals
There are few sources of natural vitamins and minerals that are as abundant as fruit and vegetables. In fact, each portion you eat contains vitamins and minerals, regardless of which type of food you prefer.
Specifically, many fruits are high in Vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and keeps your body strong. Many vegetables also contain folate and potassium, which your body needs to keep its bones strong. Some, such as avocado, also contain healthy monounsaturated fats and protein, which are great for building and maintaining muscle health. That’s why avocados usually find their way into most vegetarians’ diets.
According to the World Health Organisation, about 85 percent of all cases of cancer are actually avoidable. While we all know about the most obvious triggers, such as smoking, a lack of proper nutrition also plays a role in many cancers.
In fact, about half of all cancer cases have some sort of link to the nutritional deficiencies that arise from not eating enough fruit and veg. As a result, your five a day may be helping your body to stave off cancer, even if you don’t realise it at the time.
High Fibre Content
Everybody needs fibre, as it helps you to regulate your digestive system as well as keeping your gut healthy. Many people don’t recognise the importance of good gut health. If left unchecked, unhealthy bacteria can spread throughout your gut, which can lead to inflammation and all sorts of medical conditions.
Most vegetables, in particular, contain fibre. Better yet, a high-fibre diet may reduce the possibility of you contracting bowel cancer.
Lower Heart Disease Risk
Did you know that somebody dies from a heart disease-related issue every 20 minutes in the United Kingdom?
In most cases, these issues arise due to an unhealthy diet. Too many fatty and processed foods will clog up your arteries, which puts you at risk.
A study at Cambridge University found that eating just a single apple per day cuts your risk of suffering from heart disease by 20%. Adding two other portions of fruit and veg cuts the risk by 50%. As a result, there’s actually scientific proof to show that eating as much fruit and veg as possible results in better health.
The Final Word
So those are four reasons why you should eat five portions of fruit and veg every day. There are many more besides.
Your friends at Urban Kitchen have created a set of soups that offer one of your five a day. Check out our product range today.