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5 a day fact sheet

Why you should eat 5 a day

Eating five portions of fruits and vegetables a day helps to keep your body healthy.

Fruits and vegetables give us lots of important nutrients, like fibre and vitamins. This is why it’s good to eat lots of them – at least five portions a day.

What is a portion?

A child’s portion of fruits or vegetables is roughly what you can fit into your cupped hand. 

Did you know?

  • Canned, dried and frozen fruits and vegetables still count towards your 5 a day
  • Fruits and vegetables still count when they are mixed with other foods for example in a pasta sauce
  • Fruit juice, beans AND baked beans count towards your 5 a day.