Our mothers and grandmothers told us again and again to eat fruits and vegetables. Research in this area has shown how right they were. More and more studies demonstrate the role of fruits and vegetables in the prevention of certain chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and the number of cancers, including the gastrointestinal tract. An in-depth review of these studies has led to the worldwide promotion of increased consumption of fruits and vegetables in strategies for the prevention of chronic diseases.
A survey conducted. In the world of food and cancer, it has been concluded that five or more servings of fruits and vegetables can reduce incidence by at least 20%. A review of several other studies concluded that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables (with the exception of tubers, such as potatoes) can lead to to a significant reduction in cardiovascular disease and stroke. According to Scottish statistics, less than a third (29%) of Scots over 12 years old consume the recommended amount of servings of fruits and vegetables per day, that is, from 5 to 10, this is 35%.
For men, the recommended serving quantity is usually lower than for women. These figures do not vary significantly from one regional health authority to another. Food-insecure people are more likely to not eat the recommended daily serving.
Focus groups organized as part of the national campaign of 5-10 per day showed that most people think enough from 3 to 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables; in addition, they do not know that these product groups are good prophylaxis against cancer and cardiovascular disease. A survey of the population of the same group showed that lack of time is the single most important obstacle to proper nutrition. Prices for these products are also a significant barrier. A local study found that the recommended daily serving (5 to 10) is too high for Scots living on social assistance and for low-income workers.
What is happening now? However, in Scotland there are only a few very local initiatives that focus on this particular group of products; Here are a few examples: Shore is currently promoting fruits and vegetables as an integral part of community health promotion initiatives. Children at the University’s Children’s Learning Center set up a garden every spring and then pick vegetables at the end of the season to consume them.
In some areas, farms offer community-supported home delivery programs for locally grown fruits and vegetables. The campaign also aims to raise awareness and change people’s eating habits through the media, posting messages in supermarkets and providing a certain amount of information to professionals and the public.
The concept of food security is defined as the ability of a person to have constant access to nutritious and safe products that are personally culturally acceptable and that are produced (and distributed) in an environmentally responsible and environmentally responsible manner. Therefore, this concept has several aspects. Simply put, it is about being able to get enough nutritious food and not worry about buying food. It also means that people who work in agriculture and in food processing should be able to live right. This also applies to food production in a responsible manner and taking into account the requirements of sustainability of resources and environmental protection, so that future generations can also eat.
Addition. Scottish holidays and other travels. It takes only one night by ferry, so the imagination carries away a wave of the open sea. The hiss during landing, rumors about the port, the screams of the seagulls – everything goes out, drowning in the foam of the boat’s trail. A smooth step interspersed with the roll of the ferry, ideal for moving from one day to another to left-hand traffic. The highway is on the outskirts of Hull and very quickly, we leave Yorkshire to the north, in the lowlands of Scotland, a country of hilly and lush, interspersed with abbeys in ruins that have not been restored from the moment they were bagged from English invaders of past centuries. When someone wanders between walls still standing, bristling in the sky and dug arches open to the wind, you need very little imagination to believe that the souls of the fallen monks are still haunting this place!