She claims that the truth is that fruit and veg are pretty useless nutritionally when compared to other food groups.
So how have we been duped for so long? You might imagine that the 5 a day fixation is based on firm evidence but not so. It started as a marketing campaign that was dreamt up by fruit and vegetable companies and has proved remarkably successful.
You can read about it all in the Daily Mail today, but to cut to the quick, Harcombe says we would be better off with 5 other foodstuffs that deliver nutrition. These are:
LIVER good for all vitamins and packed with minerals.
SARDINES for vitamin D and calcium.
EGGS all round super foods with vitamins A, B, D, E, K, iron, zinc, calcium and more.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS for magnesium, vitamin E and zinc.
DARK GREEN VEGETABLES such as broccoli and spinach for vitamins C, K and iron.
AND THEN ADD…
MILK for calcium and vitamins A and D.
PORRIDGE OATS for magnesium, zinc and B vitamins.
COCOA POWDER for magnesium and iron.
Follow the above and hey presto, you’re provided with the full quota of every vitamin and mineral our bodies need.
I shall continue to take my muti-vitamin and calcium supplement after my gastric bypass surgery, but boost my levels with some bariatric favourites like sardines on toast, my chocolate and pear brownies, cheesy broccoli soup and raspberry and oatmeal sundaes (all in the recipes archive on this site) but also refer to my cookbook ‘Return to Slender’ for brunch-style Spanish omelette; cod parcels with toasted seeds and vine tomatoes; chicken with oat, sage and apricot stuffing, vanilla egg custards and oaty baked raspberry cheesecake…seems like I might have been getting it right all along!
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