Fruit and vegetables need to be part of a balanced diet as they can can help you stay healthy. That's why it so important that you get enough of them.
Most people have heard of the concept of eating 5 A DAY. This is based on advice from the World Health Organization, which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day in order to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. This means that we need to be eating at least five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
To get the most benefit out of your 5 A DAY, your five portions should include a variety of fruit and vegetables and not five portions of the same fruit or vegetable. This is because different fruits and vegetables contain different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 A DAY. However, they don't have to be fresh to count as a portion. Nor do they have to be eaten on their own: they count if they're part of a meal or dish.