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Survey raises concerns about diet of teenage girls

Teenage girls should ensure they get their five a day

Teenage girls need to try more creative cuisine to ensure their nutritional requirements are met, a new survey suggests.

Government data suggest that teenage girls eat just half of their recommended number of portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and typically consume half a portion less than teenage boys.

Of further concern is the finding that only 56 per cent of teenage girls have enough iron in their diet, which is important for preventing anaemia.

Adults also need to increase their fruit and vegetable intake, as the National Diet and Nutrition Survey revealed that only one in three consume five portions each day.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the government's chief medical officer, said: "It is really important that teenagers eat a balanced diet - including eating five portions of fruit and veg a day."

The government's Change4Life website contains a number of recipe ideas to help people increase their intake.

For instance, people could make cottage pie with onion, carrot, courgette, green beans and sweetcorn, with mixed herbs for added flavour.

Another vegetable-filled recipe is slow-cooked lamb, leek and lentil bake, which contains leek, carrot and peas and is seasoned with ground cumin and paprika.

Related Products: Mixed Herbs, Ground Cumin, Paprika.

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