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Children 'not eating their five a day'

11th May 2010

A leading cancer charity has warned that the majority of English children are not eating enough fruit and vegetables.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) revealed that 80 per cent of children in England fail to consume the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which could increase their future risk of developing cancer.

Boys aged between five and 15 were found to eat an average of 3.1 portions a day, while one in 14 ate none on the day of the survey. Girls in the same age group consumed 3.3 daily portions of fruit and vegetables, but one in 25 consumed none.

WCRF nutritionist Nathalie Winn commented: 'Scientific research shows that eating a plant-based diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and pulses probably reduces the risk of a number of types of cancer later in life.'

A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, disputed claims that drinking a high amount of soft drinks can lead to an increased risk of colon cancer.

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