Seven is the new five-a-day

FRESH VEG: Shelly Andrews, The Grocers, Francis Street, Spalding

FRESH VEG: Shelly Andrews, The Grocers, Francis Street, Spalding

One apple, one leek, three celery sticks, seven cherry tomatoes, half a pepper, two spears of broccoli and eight brussels sprouts. Sound a lot?

A UK-based study suggests your five-a-day is no longer sufficient and seven-a-day is the new target to cut the risk of life threatening diseases. We put the results to the people of Spalding.

Sue Woodthorpe said: “I can see the health benefit. It’s a good idea to encourage us to eat more, but I’m not sure if it will be easy in practice.”

One concern is the cost of fruit and veg is too high. Using a supermarket comparison website the seven-a-day selection above would cost approximately £5.68. But at The Grocers, on Francis Street, Spalding, shopkeeper Shelly Andrew offers nifty variety packs containing your five-a-day for just £1.

She said the seven-a-day is “not that difficult to achieve” and if people look at what’s included in one portion (approximately 80g of any fruit or vegetable) they’ll realise they’re probably already eating five a day, which “was only ever a minimum suggestion.”

She said it’s about lifestyle as well though, eating well is no good if other factors in your life could diminish your health.

The Grocers also sells ‘lunch packs’, with three portions of produce in a quaint recycled paper bag, for 50p and hopes BBQ packs with all the essentials for vegetable skewers will go down well in the summer.

Shelly said: “I strongly believe we are cheaper and fresher then the supermarkets. They certainly don’t compete with our prices.

“We’re getting more young people popping in to buy single portions of fruit and its great to see the next generation eating healthy.”

Paul Sellers was in town with his young daughter, Ruby, and said he has never had any restrictions on fruit and veg. He said “We give her everything to try – if she doesn’t like it she spits it out.”

At Munchkins Kindergarten, Spalding, a Healthy Child Care award winner, children grow, harvest and eat their own produce.

Rachel Beresford, owner, said: “It’s not difficult to get them enjoying fruit and veg because they see their peers eating it.

“It’s something we promote, we don’t say ‘they’ve had their five-a-day now, that’s enough.”




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