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Post  sunset30 on Mon May 11, 2009 4:23 pm

OK, so we all kow that 5 fruits and veg a day is a good thing, but I think Tesco have gone a bit mad over it!

I was under the impression that a portion was approaximately a handful - so a handful of grapes = 1/5, although only 3 dried apricots = 1/5, is this not the case?

Tesco seems to think that you need 10 strawberries to be 1/5 (no way could I hold ten strawberries, of average size, in one hand) and 25 raspberries (could ANYONE???) this would mean that they are selling sometimes one, and sometimes LESS than one portion per pack! We don't believe them in this household, what about you?

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Post  Cadiva on Mon May 11, 2009 4:37 pm

sunset30 wrote:OK, so we all kow that 5 fruits and veg a day is a good thing, but I think Tesco have gone a bit mad over it!

I was under the impression that a portion was approaximately a handful - so a handful of grapes = 1/5, although only 3 dried apricots = 1/5, is this not the case?

Tesco seems to think that you need 10 strawberries to be 1/5 (no way could I hold ten strawberries, of average size, in one hand) and 25 raspberries (could ANYONE???) this would mean that they are selling sometimes one, and sometimes LESS than one portion per pack! We don't believe them in this household, what about you?

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As I have an irrational, well only sort of irrational it's based on a lot of information really, hatred of Tesco I'm quite willing to believe they're deliberately mucking up the five portions a day to make you have to buy more!
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Post  sunset30 on Mon May 11, 2009 4:45 pm

LOL - not just me then - we get most of our shopping from ocado (honestly, it works out cheaper) but we live in tesco central, so it's hard to buy top up fruit and veggies etc from anywhere else

I just couldn't believe it - no one could eat as much fruit as they suggest, it would be unhealthy ( having a diabetic mum I know a bit about fruit - she was told never to eat more than 7 grapes at once! - she doesn't listen and eats all kinds of stuff, but there we go)

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Post  phoenix on Mon May 11, 2009 6:38 pm

The 5 a day site says 7 strawberries is a portion, but I'm assuming they mean nice British tiny sweet berries, not huge imported tasteless monsters. (Why yes, I DO have opinions on strawberries, why do you ask?). Or approx 80g anyway. Slightly less than Tesco is touting, but as you say - they'll say whatever they can to boost sales.

Oh, and can we all agree that POTATOES DON'T COUNT. Sadly nor do sweet potatoes or yams, sob. And ketchup does too count, at least for children under five. You'd think this would all be self-evident but some people still argue about this.

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Post  Jeliwobble on Mon May 11, 2009 7:39 pm

I CAN hold 25 raspberries in my hand...

I give my kids a 'handful' of fruit with their lunches everyday. I have never done it any other way and I am pretty sure that what I give them is a good portion. I was always told a portion was a small apple, medium banana that kind of thing. A handful of grapes (my handful!) looks about the same quantity wise as a medium banana also I chop apple up for G and a small apple fills about the same space in his pot as a handful of blueberries.

I don't know if it's cynical way for Tescos to get you to buy more fruit and veg but I could believe it of Tescos, I really could. I know they're all as bad as each other, but Tescos is definitely the worst of the big four for how they treat their suppliers and how aggressively they both market and place their stores.

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Post  sunset30 on Mon May 11, 2009 8:11 pm

I guess I have small hands then!

But also, I thought it was your own hand - so, MY handful is good for me, but J's handful is all a portion is for him? (not that he could hold in one hand the amount of fruit he gets and he will eat brocolli and baby corn until they leak out)

I am just loving that UK strawberries are in now, so they are yummy!
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Post  Moomin76 on Mon May 11, 2009 9:37 pm

phoenix wrote:Oh, and can we all agree that POTATOES DON'T COUNT. Sadly nor do sweet potatoes or yams, sob. And ketchup does too count, at least for children under five. You'd think this would all be self-evident but some people still argue about this.
Maybe some people haven't received an adequate explanation as to why potatoes aren't a vegetable? Or what they are if they're not a vegetable? Or why a carrot is a vegetable but a potato isn't????
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Post  Cadiva on Mon May 11, 2009 10:00 pm

Jeliwobble wrote:but Tescos is definitely the worst of the big four for how they treat their suppliers and how aggressively they both market and place their stores.

This is exactly why I dislike them so much. During the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001, Tesco actually dropped the price they paid the farmers who supplied their milk producers/distributors whereas Waitrose raised the price they paid to their suppliers to try and help them out.

Being a journalist who specialised for many years in agricultural and rural affairs, I have plenty of reasons for why I would bomb Tesco off the face of the planet if I could get away with it Evil or Very Mad
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Post  Jeliwobble on Mon May 11, 2009 10:27 pm

Moomin76 wrote:
phoenix wrote:Oh, and can we all agree that POTATOES DON'T COUNT. Sadly nor do sweet potatoes or yams, sob. And ketchup does too count, at least for children under five. You'd think this would all be self-evident but some people still argue about this.
Maybe some people haven't received an adequate explanation as to why potatoes aren't a vegetable? Or what they are if they're not a vegetable? Or why a carrot is a vegetable but a potato isn't????

Sweet potatoes DON'T count? Why not? Fibre and beta-carotene agogo, surely? If you're not going to count sweet potatoes and yams, then you've got to take carrots out of the mix as well.

I think ordinary pots, unless you eat the skins, are pretty much like eating white pasta. Mostly pure carbohydrate and much less fibre than you would find in a sweet pot, unless you're eating the skin (which is where the vit C and fibre is).

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Post  phoenix on Tue May 12, 2009 2:43 am

I have no idea, Jo - apparently they are classed as too starchy to count in your five a day. I only read that today on the 5-a-day site and I'm gutted. We LOVE sweet potato and frequently have it instead of white potato.

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