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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.
1 m% ^. m# n7 _The Department of Health first launched its five-a-day campaign in 2003.
" p+ P) T9 U* CBut the WCRF says its survey of more than 2,000 UK adults shows people still find achieving that goal difficult.5 l8 g; y; h7 c; ^4 w
It is urging people to eat "just one more portion" for a healthier diet, which would increase cancer protection.
( C  x: g) K  c: o& I  [  FThe 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.
% A- g! }. ]9 I% kFruit and veg consumption levels were lowest in the north of England, where 18% had five or more portions daily. $ [$ l7 l/ j5 b
The highest levels of consumption were reported in the south of England, where 26% said they ate at least five portions. 4 N& X: v5 c$ `: F
In London, it was 21%, in Scotland 22% and in Wales 23%.
0 a3 t/ Q8 ?/ L, h+ E0 ~! wKate 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. ; ?" {# ?* y0 o( Z) W0 }7 \
"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.
, L% b9 r. G4 W; S7 p4 U"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.
. e' V% D& O* C% Y9 c8 f9 s- W"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.
1 }: Q* B9 k2 T4 mThe charity is holding an awareness day, "Fruity Friday", on 18 May as part of Cancer Prevention Week.9 U; [) x1 ?" P3 G1 h$ O
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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