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[考试辅导] 医学考博每日一读:Only one in five eats five a day

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发表于 2012-7-20 22:52:00 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Just one in five Britons eats the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, a poll for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests.
* d* @/ [# X$ l  }The Department of Health first launched its five-a-day campaign in 2003./ a' G! s4 [2 k& o
But the WCRF says its survey of more than 2,000 UK adults shows people still find achieving that goal difficult.
' `: r4 T  J! h+ q+ NIt is urging people to eat "just one more portion" for a healthier diet, which would increase cancer protection.$ q6 k! ~/ `2 L% q$ Y. Z
The YouGov survey for the WCRF found that, on average, 17% of lower income households (social groups C2, D and E) eat at least five portions per day, compared with 27% for those in higher income groups.
1 e. {% r! {0 Z7 zFruit and veg consumption levels were lowest in the north of England, where 18% had five or more portions daily. 2 b" ^" ?( Q! J7 c. D
The highest levels of consumption were reported in the south of England, where 26% said they ate at least five portions.
2 P0 \/ [( P' _% fIn London, it was 21%, in Scotland 22% and in Wales 23%., ]4 L9 M& K7 N4 P: A  e8 O8 V
Kate Mendoza, head of education for the WCRF, said: "These figures show that many people are still finding it difficult to follow the healthy eating message. 2 t; a1 [3 N6 i  T
"Getting at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the building block of a healthy diet. Not only are fruit and veg a good source of nutrients, they also tend to be low in calories and full of fibre and so help us maintain a healthy weight.
! B8 X5 W1 m6 W"A diet based on plant foods, such as wholegrains and pulses as well as fruit and vegetables, can reduce cancer risk as research shows they protect against a range of cancers. Recent research has confirmed that foods containing fibre reduce the risk of bowel cancer.
/ z1 B# K3 y* k6 [% q' J# p. _3 n"Although people are more aware of the significance of eating five a day than they used to be, it is clear that there are still barriers to incorporating plant foods into our daily diets," she added.+ N0 c# ]8 g: O$ A
The charity is holding an awareness day, "Fruity Friday", on 18 May as part of Cancer Prevention Week.* G+ i  w! E9 o2 p
A Department of Health spokesperson said: "We know we need to do more to encourage people to eat their five a day and help prevent diseases like cancer.
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"That is why, through our Change4Life campaign, we invested around
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