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The five-a-day disaster: why the numbers don’t add up

Published on May 16, 2014,

The Guardian has an interesting article from Paula Cocozza suggesting the five-a-day mantra promoted by the UK and other governments around the world is being hijacked by large food retailers and producers ‘to flog us processed, calorie-packed fruit and veg’. Whether you support the five-a-day initiative or not, it was surely never intended for items like tins of pasta shapes in tomato sauce…

The five-a-day disaster: why the numbers don’t add up

When it comes to eating fruit and vegetables, we have all got the message: the required number is five. More is even better. The message is so ubiquitous, it has taken on a life of its own, a fame way beyond its achievements… For years, fruit was celebrated as the ultimate convenience food, but now manufacturers seek to render fruit in supra-convenient forms. Children go to school with mutant fruit forms in their lunchboxes – fruit strings, fruit shapes, fruit chews – that are made from juice and puree concentrate. Some have an alarming sugar content, yet they promise on the box to provide one of the five a day…

7+ Fruit & Veg a Day? On a Low Carb Diet!?

Published on April 24, 2014,

The blog Natural Ketosis has a look at research reports of the benefits of eating seven or more servings of fruit and veg per day (up from the standard recommendation of five per day) and asks how this can be done if you are following a low card diet. The bottom line: focus on vegetables that grow above the ground. Click on the blue link below to read the full article…

7+ FRUIT AND VEG A DAY? ON A LOW CARB DIET!?Earlier this month a paper was published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reporting favourable improvements in markers of CVD and decreased total cause of mortality with increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. We covered the article in a blog earlier this month here and assessed the strength of the research behind the original ’5-a-day’ message. The paper demonstrated that an increasing fruit and vegetable intake was associated with decreased all cause, cancer and cardiovascular mortality with individuals consuming 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day exhibiting the lowest risk. This has led to numerous recommendations to increase our fruit and veg guidelines from 5-a-day to 7-a-day.

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Crazy Video – Delicious Food: Paleo Baked Vegetables by Nacho Rubio

Published on March 19, 2013,

Here’s the latest in an occasional series of paleo or primal style dishes from YouTube by the superb but barking mad Nacho Rubio – this time it’s (shock horror – meat free) baked vegetables in an authentic Mediterranean-style…

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The ingredients Nacho uses are:

  • 3 large eggplants (aubegines),
  • 3 large red peppers,
  • 3 onions,
  • 6 carrots,
  • 1 cup of raw almonds,
  • 1 cup of olives,
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 pinches of fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 inches of sea salt
  • 2 pinches of black pepper

Check out more of Nacho Rubio’s paleo and primal cooking videos at his YouTube channel

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