the easy way to 5-a-day - - THIS MONTH -

Up your vegie in­take with our top tips.

If there's one-thing we know about get­ting healthy, it's this: eat more veg! And 5-a-day is a great place to start. But what does get­ting five serves a day Look like? Ed­i­tor-in-chief of Brodee My­ers-Cooke dives into the es­sen­tials with taste's nu­tri­tion­ist, Chrissy Freer.

en­ergy lev­els will suf­fer, you'll po­ten­tially age faster and you'll be more vul­ner­a­ble to se­ri­ous chronic dis­eases, such as type 2 di­a­betes, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and even can­cer. Plus, you're miss­ing out on all the good­ness' only veg can give you.

BRODEE: Why is hve so :mpor­tant7 CHRISSY: Be­cause that's the num­ber you need to eat in or­der to meet your nu­tri­ent re­quire­ments. The thing is, its as much about va­ri­ety as cuan­tity. Ev­ery veg­e­tanle has its own vi­tal mix of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and dis­ease-fight­ing an­tiox­i­dants. So the big­ger the range you eat, the more good stuff you're get­ting. Vege­taoles are the ul­ti­mate whole­foods, with no preser­va­tives, ad­di­tives, salts, fats or ar­ti­fi­cial sug­ars.

BRODEE: You get all the Il­bre, too' CHPISSY! Ex­actly. Vogues are full of solu­ole fore, which has a pre­bi­otic ef­fect, pro­duc­ing good bac­te­ria. Good bac­te­ria can help with di­ges­tion, im­prove ir­ri­ta­ble bowel symp­toms and aid over­all gut health. Solu­ole fi­bre also as­sists in low­er­ing blood choles­terol. Keep­ing your choles­terol lev­els within a healthy range is one of the key things we can do to pre­vent heart dis­ease — the lead­ing cause of death in Aus­tralia. This type of fi­bre also helps reg­u­late blood sugar lev­els, which is es­sen­tial for

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