Simple foods are 'the cheapest and healthiest'

Over 50s looking to take care of both their health and their finances may wish to look to a plainer and simpler diet.

New advice from the British Dietetic Association (BDA) has recommended simple and natural ingredients such as fresh fruit, vegetables, lentils and rice as being among the cheapest and healthiest options available.

BDA also challenged the assumption that dietary supplements are a necessary part of nutrition, with 41 per cent of Britons remaining keen users of vitamin and nutrient pills as of 2008.

Ursula Arens, registered dietician at the BDA, said: "There are exceptions and there are situations where supplements are very useful, but most of the time we can get the nutrients we need from foods."

The BDA also reminded people of the importance of attempting to eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables, with statistics from the NHS suggesting fewer than a third of Britons currently consume the recommended daily portion.

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