Are we eating enough fruits and vegetables?
Everyone knows the importance of fruits and vegetables in our diet. Fruits and vegetables contain dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that are essential for good health and wellbeing.
We are supposed to take two daily servings of fruits and vegetables - a total of four servings, as advised by the Singapore Health Promotion Board1. According to the National Nutrition Surveys published jointly by the Singapore Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Board, Singapore residents of all age groups fail to consume the recommended daily quota.
On average, Singapore residents achieve only 1 serving each of fruits and vegetables.
To be frank, it takes conscious effort to include fruits and vegetables in our modern diets. Modern diets are predominantly meat and processed foods and lack fruits and vegetables. This is especially true in the eat-out and takeaway culture of modern Singapore. The prolonged reduced intake of fruits and vegetables will significantly impact our health.
There are ways to overcome this issue. We can conscientiously increase our daily fruit and vegetable intake, or we can consume products that contain the important bioactives present in these fruits and vegetables.
The first way is a no-brainer but requires effort. The second option may be easier for most of us if the products are conveniently packed and ready to consume. Before jumping into the latter option, we need to identify the bioactives and their functions so that we can choose the correct products. Let’s talk about the bioactives in fruits and vegetables that are essential to maintain good health.
Posted on 2 July 2021