Getting Your 5 – A – Day : Should Nuts Be Included?


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).

Source, (2015). Nuts : A ‘five-a-day’ food? Retrieved 18th May, 2015, from


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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