5-a-day or 10-a-day?

5 or 10 a day – what’s best?

There has been quite a bit of publicity recently regarding the importance of consuming more fruit and vegetables.

Most people are familiar with the “5-a-day” mantra that has been promoted over the years, but recent research indicates that for optimum health, even more is required. These results were concluded following the pooling of data from 95 different studies, relating to two million people’s eating habits.

Lower risks of cancer were linked to eating green veg (e.g. spinach)
yellow veg (e.g. peppers), and cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cauliflower and broccoli).

Lower risks of heart disease and strokes were linked to eating apples, pears, citrus fruits, salads, green leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce), and cruciferous vegetables.

A number of commentators have said that 10 a day is way too much to ask people to incorporate into their diets.  However, at Bluecrest, we believe that a rational approach to lifestyle change can be introduced, with simple changes over time.  If you’re on less than 5 portions a day at present, any move upwards is the right direction.

When you have your Bluecrest Health Screening, whether you book your screening yourselves of via one of our popular corporate wellness programmes, you will receive a wide range of information designed to maintain good health.

Regular health screenings are increasingly becoming as commonplace as an annual trip to the dentist, as people who want to take a proactive stance to managing their health take action to understand their health risks and live healthier lifestyles.