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What does '5-a-day' really mean?

The message of “5-a-Day” has filtered through the UK effectively, with most acknowledging its importance, but is it properly understood? There are still some misconceptions surrounding what actually counts as five portions of fruit and vegetables, and whether eating, say, five bananas a day means you are meeting this requirement correctly. 

  • What is one portion?
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • 1 slice of mango
  • 2 broccoli spears
  • 2 plums
  • 2 satsumas
  • 2 kiwi fruit
  • 3 sticks of celery
  • 3 tablespoons of beans (haricot, cannelloni, kidney, butter beans or chickpeas)
  • 3 apricots
  • 3 tablespoons of cooked vegetables; carrots, peas, sweetcorn
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