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International Healthcare News: Five a day 'is not limited to fresh food'

Overseas health insurance policyholders who are trying to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day should remember that they are not limited to fresh produce.

According to Rachel Cooke, senior public health dietician with the British Dietetic Association, a varied diet can include frozen fruit and vegetables as well as canned produce that comes in juice or water.

She mentioned that overseas medical insurance customers and other individuals might live near to a farmers market selling seasonal fruit and veg, which will encourage them to eat more healthily.

"The best thing is to do is look at what you are buying and try to buy food items that are quite good quality," she pointed out.

"But also ask the people selling, if you go along to the local market and ask them: 'I want something for next week, what is going to last?' They will actually give you advice because they want you to come back and buy from them again."

Her comments come after the UK's Office of National Statistics found that of the average person's £52.20 weekly spend on groceries, £6.70 of that goes on fresh fruit and vegetables.

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