Experts have today said that we should be eating ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day – but is that really feasible?

We went out into Nottingham City Centre, and asked the public what they thought about the new recommendations.

Most people we asked though it was a bit too much, and struggled to see how they would fit this much into their diet.

Sarah Gashi, 24, a charity fundraiser from Chesterfield, said: “That is a ridiculous amount of fruit and veg. You’d definitely have some funny bathroom activity if you eat that much fruit and veg.”

The new research says that eating this much fruit and veg would help to reduce the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.

This is doubling the current recommended amount of five portions per day.


Sue Kemp, 60, a food vendor from Nottingham, said: “My husband does have a lot of fruit, but there’s only so much you can eat.”

She added: “If you eat properly then you should be okay, but you shouldn’t eat as many burgers and things like the young people today do.”

Margaret Healy, 74, who is retired and from Stanton on the Wolds, thought that people should be allowed to decide what they eat.

She said: “It’s just ‘Nanny State’ telling everyone what they should be doing. There has never been more information out there – people can make their own decisions. The main problem is that people eat so much prepared food these days.”

There are some people who disagree with the above opinions. And that think the new recommendation is realistic and the public should have no trouble keeping to the suggested amounts.

Isaac Jefferies, 41, of West Bridgford, said “Personally, I don’t think it’s that difficult. I eat a lot of veg in big portions, it’s just the way I was brought up and it’s the way I bring up my kids.”