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Its virtues are praised in all healthy diets, and for the entire population. Fruits and vegetables have forged a reputation as foods that are dietetically interesting in terms of their composition. But can we consume them at will? Answers with ANSES experts.

Whatever the goal of a diet, fruits and vegetables always occupy a place of choice in the recommended menus. The message encouraging consumption 5 per day moreover had a persistent echo among the French. So much so that one could imagine being able to consume them at will.

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Currently, in France, the current average consumption of the group ‘fruits and vegetables’ is insufficient and should be considerably increased in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, colorectal cancercertain breast cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity », notes the National Agency for Food Safety and Risk Assessment (ANSES).

This category of foods contains fibersof the minerals and vitaminsand it is therefore imperative to include them in your daily ration. “It is recommended to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. A portion for an adult is in the range of 80-100 g. The more we vary them, the more we contribute to consuming a wide variety of molecules essential for health. »continue the experts.

From there to conclude that we can consume them without restrictionthe step is taken a little quickly.

They also contain fructose, the sugar in the fruit

Certainly, fruits provide us with ideal nutrients to stay healthy, but they are not only composed of water, vitamins and fibers. They also contain fructose, the fruit sugar. So as with all other foods, they should not be consumed in unlimited quantities. Especially for people with diabetes who need to control their blood sugar levels. blood sugar.

Vegetables: too much can cause bloating

About the vegetables, it is also a group of foods so crowned with a good dietary reputation that we can imagine being able to consume it at will. Their low calorie content, their richness in water, fiber, vitamins or minerals justifies this belief. It should first be noted that healthy eating involves balance.

However, this necessarily excludes this principle of “eating at will” such and such a food. Everything is needed in small quantities. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. If these are consumed in large quantities, they can create bloating or intestinal pain. It is therefore recommended to increase their consumption gradually. But to stick to portions of 80 to 100g, specify the experts from ANSES. If the stomach is overloaded with fibre, intestinal transit can be disturbed. It is therefore necessary to remain reasonable!

Clearly, yes to fruits and vegetables, but as for the other categories of food, by monitoring the proportions..

Thanks to ANSES National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety.

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