How many portions of fruit and vegetables should I eat every day? This simple question has several conflicting answers, depending on which source one selects for the answer. The most common response is, without question, 5 portions a day. For so long, this catchy phrase (1 of your 5 a day) has been the go-to rule of thumb for dietary fruit and vegetable intake. Originally conceptualized in 1988 as part of a campaign in California, the aim of the slogan was to kickstart healthy eating by offering consumers an instantly understandable rule of thumb to help achieve the goal of 400g of plant intake each day, made up of 5 x 80g servings.
Ireland, a country which boasts meat and dairy as its two main agricultural exports, has seen a steady rise in the popularity of plant based eating and a slow but steady move away from the traditional pint of milk, meat and two veg dietary staples which kept our ancestors fed for generations.
Men's Health, the world's largest men's health publication, made the statement in its July 2020 issue of the magazine, examines the idea in an article entitled "We Need to Get Over the Idea of "Man Food".
A study conducted at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) found that plant-based athletes outperformed omnivores in endurance tests, which the researchers say could be due to the higher carbohydrate intake
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