Watch what you eat!
You need to watch what you eat :
Eat more fruit and Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are a great source of dietary fibre and are packed full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and potassium. They can help to reduce your risk of heart diseases, stroke and some cancers.
They taste delicious, with a huge variety to choose from!
Try at least 7 portions a day. Frozen, canned and dried variations of fruit and vegetables count too!
Tips to eat more fruit and vegetables:
- Make a ‘Veg Pledge’.
- Challenge yourself to eat at least two portions of fruit of vegetables with every lunch and evening meal.
Too much salt raises your blood pressure
Recommended daily allowance is 6g a day, but most of us each much more than this! 75% of the salt we eat is hidden in our foods and we aren’t aware of it.
Tips to eat less salt:
- When shopping make sure you check the label for salt content.
- Try making things from scratch. It’s not as hard as you may think!
Eat less fat and cut out saturated fats
Saturated fats increase the levels of cholesterol in the blood which increases risk of heart disease. These are foods such as processed meat (sausages, ham etc.) and hard cheeses like cheddar, whole milk, cream and butter.
Tips to avoid saturated fats:
- Compare nutrition labels when shopping so you can pick foods with lower fat content.
- Grill, bake, poach or steam foods rather than deep fry or roasting.
- Choose lower fat dairy products such as low-fat yoghurt or reduced fat cheese.