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Fruit basket could be ideal Christmas present
Published on 17/12/2010

A fruit basket could be the ideal gift for a family member this Christmas, as a recent study suggested people need to up their intake of fruit and veg.

According to a team of experts at Oxford University, eating at least five portions of fresh produce every day could save 15,000 lives.

It also revealed 7,500 early deaths might be avoided if people consume less fat, while another 7,500 deaths may be prevented if individuals monitor their salt levels.

The report - which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health - concluded if people adhere to national guidelines and eat five pieces of fruit and veg, they will experience substantial health benefits.

"Equivalent benefits would be achieved if salt intakes were lowered to 3.5g per day or saturated fat intakes were lowered to three per cent of total energy," it concluded.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston, nutrition consultant at Foods For Life, recently claimed people should eat at least eight portions of fruit or veg instead of the recommended five-a-day.

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