Over 50s 'not eating enough fruit and veg'

Many people aged over 50 are not eating enough fruit and vegetables, according to a new study.

Research by Queen's University Belfast found that intake of fruit and vegetables is particularly low among older men and those who live in deprived areas.

The study also showed that on average, over 50s in Northern Ireland are eating less than the recommended amount of five portions a day.

Dr Katherine Appleton, lead researcher, commented: "Fruit and vegetables are vital for psychological as well as physical health."

She added that 22 per cent of those polled did not know about the current government guidelines on eating five portions each day.

Dr Appleton said more needs to be done to raise awareness of these issues and encourage older people to eat healthier foods.

This comes after an NHS study showed that only 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women knew that 80g constitutes of one portion of fruit and veg.

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