According to The Health Survey for England:
- Only 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women know what a portion of fruit or veg is.
- Only one third of adults knows what the recommended amount of alcohol is for a man or a woman per week.
- One third know how much exercise they should do each week.
• 1 apple, banana, pear, orange or similar sized fruit
• ½ grapefruit or avocado
• 3 heaped tablespoons of vegetables
• 3 heaped tbsp of beans and pulses – however much you eat they only count as one portion per day
• 2 plums or similar sized fruit
• 1 handful of grapes, cherries or berries
• Dessert bowl of salad
• One glass of fruit juice – however much you drink it counts as only one portion a day
• 3 heaped tbsp of fruit salad or stewed fruit
• 1 heaped tbsp of dried fruit
What are the guidelines on alcohol?
(Figures from Food Standards Agency website)
• Women – 14 units a week
• Men – 21 units a week
What is a unit?
• 1 unit – ½ pint standard strength beer, lager or cider
• 2 units – one glass of wine
• 1.5 units – small bottle of Alcopops
How much exercise is healthy?
The British Heart Foundation recommends 30 minutes of exercise five or more times a week to prevent heart disease and this is a good guide for general good health.