Heart Research UK seem to finally waking up to the full impact on heart health of a nutritionally inadequate diet.
Following results of a survey that found that only 11% of people in England considered the nutritional value of their lunch to be of importance, they released a 9-5 press release advising;
" a healthy balanced diet, low in fat and high in fibre and vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables could be just what you need. It will boost energy and concentration levels, and keep your heart healthy.
It’s sometimes a struggle to eat well during the week, and we tend to resort to quick fix lunches bought on the high street.
- eat a good breakfast to set you up for the day and keep you feeling full until lunch-time. If time is tight, keep some cereal, fruit, yogurt or toast in the office.
- ban the biscuits, crisps and chocolate - keep fresh or dried fruit, seeds and nuts in your desk instead
- pack a healthy lunch - make it the night before so you can ‘grab-and-go’
London Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "It's very encouraging that they are encouraging people to eat more nutrient packed fruit and vegetables nuts and seeds and beans and cut back on nutrient poor sugar and saturated fat rich snacks. Perhaps their next press release could be not 9 to 5, but 5 to 9 - swap 5 a day for 9 a day as research shows benefits to reduce risk of heart disease start to have a real impact once you reach 8 a day. At least eight portions (handfuls ) of fruit and vegetables per day."