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Overseas Health Insurance News: Eating more veg 'requires diet change'

Expatriate medical insurance customers who are looking to improve their diet will need to cut out some unhealthy foods if they want to eat the right amount of fruit and vegetables.

According to Yvonne Bishop-Weston, nutritionist at Foods for Life, it is possible to "sneak" five portions of fruit and vegetables in without giving up other detrimental food stuffs.

However, once you get to eight portions "you have little option but to start reducing some of the less desirable parts of the modern diet".

She added: " There's no doubt most of us need more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and essential fats.

"These nutrients are less often found in the highly refined, processed, calorie-dense, saturated fat-rich, sugar-rich foods that make up the bulk of many people's diet but they are found in abundance in fruit and vegetables."

Expatriates in sunny climates should find it easier to alter their diet for the better with the abundance of in-season fruits available.

Those looking for a little extra motivation might be keen to hear that a recent research project found that eating more fruit and vegetables that are high in carotenoids will result in healthier looking skin.

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