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Diets will have to change to incorporate 8 fruit and veg portions

Fruit contains important vitamins and fibre

People will have to cut some of the less healthy foods from their diet if they want to consume eight pieces of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, an expert has noted.

Nutritionist at Foods for Life Yvonne Bishop-Weston said the body she represents recommends eating five portions of vegetables and three portions of fruit every day, but admitted this means dietary changes will have to be made.

"It's possible to sneak in five portions of fruit and vegetables without stopping some of the more detrimental parts of our diet," she said, adding that eight pieces means individuals "have little option" but to cut out some of the "less desirable" aspects of the modern diet.

Ms Bishop-Weston added most people need more vitamins, fibre, antioxidants and minerals, which are rare in the processed, sugar-rich foods that are common in many diets.

Recent research published in the Evolution and Human Behaviour journal revealed eating lots of fruit and vegetable helps make skin look healthier.

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