Adults who eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Adults aged 16 and over

Most adults in England are not eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Despite an increase to 30% in 2006, the proportion getting their five-a-day has since fallen back to 26% in 2016.

Note: The UK’s ‘five-a-day’ guidelines were developed based on a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that consuming 400g of fruit and vegetables per day can reduce risks of chronic diseases, e.g. heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. The guidelines state that everyone should eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. The advice is that children should eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day, but that the child portion size varies with age, body size and physical activity.

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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Adults’ average number of portions of fruit and vegetables per day

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Adults aged 16 and over

Note: Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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