10 simple sacrifices for better health
Fill up the fruit bowl
When you’re snackish, instead of reaching for the biscuit jar or diving into a bag of crisps, grab a banana, enjoy a kiwi fruit (try cutting it in half and eating it from an eggcup instead of all that fiddly peeling) or whizz up a berry-and-banana smoothie.
Or keep a massive fresh fruit salad in the fridge for raiding. You’ll have more of a chance of eating your five pieces of fruit/veg per day and gain all the vitamins and antioxidant benefits that fruits contain, plus you’ll be cutting down on saturated fat and sugar, both of which when eaten too often can cause obesity and heart disease.
Be a bit adventurous at the supermarket, too: try mangoes, pomegranates or figs for a change.
According to the British Heart Foundation, fruits that are bright in colour usually have high levels of the protective plant compounds called phytochemicals, which help protect you from heart disease and cancer, so the more different types of highly coloured fruit you can include in your diet the better.