5 – a – day is well known for the drive behind getting the public to consume enough fruit and veg. The success stemmed from various advertising campaigns that hit the media in a big way, however few people have heard that the 5 – a – day message has since been upped to 7 – a – day. The 7 – a – day drive suggests the consumption of approximately 4- 5 portions of veg and 2- 3 portions of fruit for optimal health. However, even more recently Dietitians are thinking of including nuts into this category. In fact, the nut association has filed a paper to Public Health England in the UK calling for nuts to be included in the 5 – a – day recommendation.
Nuts are in the same nutrient profile as fruit and veg, so it does seem to make sense, particularly as there is solid evidence surrounding the health properties of nuts. It isn’t just salted peanuts though, the recommendation encourages variety such as 4 or 5 brazil nuts for example, the selenium content of these is known to have cardioprotective properties (British Heart Foundation, 2015).
Nutraingredients.com, (2015). Nuts : A ‘five-a-day’ food? Retrieved 18th May, 2015, from http://www.nutraingredients.com/Markets-and-Trends/Nuts-for-health-Snack-hope-says-The-Nut-Association/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12-May-2015&c=FN21qK%2FOpvI9hkh2s92MLqSXur0653T%2B&