BLOG NEWS: Eat more vegetables and fruit, particularly green, orange and red vegetables

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Eat more vegetables like broccoli, carrots, capsicums, sweet potatoes, and spinach is the latest message to Australians.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) advises Australians about the types and amounts of foods needed to maintain a healthy diet and reduce the risk of lifestyle-related disease.

Every day drink plenty of water and enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods chosen from these five groups:

  • Plenty of vegetables, including different types and colours, and include legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties, such as breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat (reduced fat milks are not suitable for children under the age of 2 years)

To download a brochure about the benefits of eating different coloured vegetables go to http://www.vegetables.co.nz

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