How many calories should I be eating per day?

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The amount of calories you need depends on your sex, activity levels and height. As a general guide, men are advised to consume around 2500 calories per day and women are advised to consume around 1800-2000 calories per day. If you have a physically demanding job or you do a lot of exercise, you will need to take in more calories. Equally, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle or you are smaller than average, you will not need as many calories.

How many portions of fruit and vegetables should I be eating per day?

You should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. It is best to try and eat a range of different foods, as they contain different vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Your 5 a day does not necessarily have to be individual items, as you can also include soups, juices, sauces, smoothies and salads. Nowadays, most foods have informative labels and many are marked with 5 a day symbols.

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