‘Five a Day’ Advice Should be Reconsidered Because Fruit and Vegetables are too Expensive, GP’s Chief says

The Government should stop advising people to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day because it is demoralising for those who cannot afford to do so, the chair of the Royal College of GPs has said.

The guidance was officially adopted in 2003 in an attempt to improve diets and boost the vitamin intake of the population.

But the high price of fruit and vegetables makes it “really, really hard” for people on low incomes to meet the target, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard told The Observer.