Struggling to get your five a day? Well, you can't blame rising food prices, as new research shows you can get five fresh portions of fruit and veg per day for just 42p. Research by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) looked at British supermarkets to calculate a healthy weekly shop.
Example prices include Tesco Red UK Cabbage: 64p for 650g, which equals 8p per portion; Sainsbury’s Basics Carrots: 50p for 1kg, which equals 4p per portion; Sainsbury’s Basics Tomatoes: 72p for 450g, which equals 13p per portion; Asda Bananas: 7p per portion; Asda Smartprice Apples: 10p per portion.
“Other ways to shop more economically are to opt for tinned and frozen fruits and vegetables,” said Kate Mendoza, Head of Education for WCRF. “These count towards your five a day and they also tend to be less expensive and keep for longer.”
WCRF recommends people eat at least five portions a day for maximum health benefits. Fruit and vegetable intake has been linked to a more healthy BMI, improved heart health and even reducing the risk of various cancer, including cancers of the oesophagus and mouth, pharynx and larynx.