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In class activities
Reflect on your intake of fruit and veg over the past 3 days and record your consumption of these food. in small groups discuss whether you met the guidance of 5 portions of fruit and veg each day.
You should also discuss the variety of fruit and veg that you ate, the cost associated with your fruit and veg intake and any challenges that you faced in meeting this target.
You will be provided with copies of McCance and Widdowson Composition of Foods books and Portion Size of Common Foods books to refer to in class. (Please note the composition of foods is also available as an e-book via the library).
Choosing one fruit and one vegetable which you consumed over the past week refer to both books and establish the energy, sugar and fibre content of one portion of each of these food.
In Scotland the average consumption of fruit and veg is 3.2 portions per day (SHS, 2013). Current research suggests eating more than the previously suggested 5 portions of fruit and veg each day may help reduce mortality associated with some diseases (Oyebode et al. 2014 Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data. J Epidemiol Community Health Published doi:10.1136/jech-2013- http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2014/03/03/jech-2013-203500.full.pdf+html)
In small groups discuss practical ways people who currently eat 3 portions of fruit and veg per day can increase their intakes to meet current guidance to consume 5 portions of fruit and veg per day and new guidance to consume 7 portions of fruit and veg per day.