UK men aren’t getting enough….and it’s killing them!

The average British man isn’t getting enough, his male counterparts in Europe are getting more and he’s even getting less than the women in his life……!

And the fact that men are not getting enough could be killing them say researchers!

Yes you guessed it, we’re talking about fruit and veg!

New research into how many Europeans are eating the recommended 5 portions of fruit and veg a day revealed that UK men managed 4.1 portions  and women 4.8.

This is bad news for banana-phobic blokes because men who eat at least eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day have a 22% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate three portions a day, researchers have found.


Each regular additional portion in fruit and vegetable intake was linked to a 4% lower risk of death.

One portion counted as 80 grams, such as a small banana, a medium apple or a small carrot.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the UK and around the world, accounting for around a third of deaths each year in England. CVD is also responsible for 35% of premature deaths in UK men (compared with 27% in women)

The researchers think factors like cost and availability of fruit and vegetables are likely to account for differences in intake.

Spain, Greece and Italy were the leaders in fruit and veg eating. Italian men enjoyed 7.5 portions day, Spanish women 6.7 portions.

Data came from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Heart study.


For more information on men and weight read our popular posts:

* Men Say ARSE To Good Health

* 10 Reasons Men Are Getting Fatter


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues

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