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why do we need to eat fruits

One out of three children is overweight or obese, largely due to unhealthy diets high in fat and calories and low in nutrients. Eating plenty of fruit is one way to lower your child's caloric intake, which can help prevent unhealthy weight gain or shed excess pounds.


Replacing high-calorie and high-fat snacks with fresh fruit can significantly cut the number of calories in your child's diet. Fresh fruit also contains nutrients that give your child energy so he can be active, which is another way to help him manage his weight.
More than half of kids don't eat a single portion of vegetables a day, according to Newsround's food survey.


The government recommends that everyone should have at least five portions of fruit and veg a day.


But the survey shows 52 in every 100 kids don't have any veg, and 44 in 100 have no fruit on a daily basis.


What we're eating is a big issue at the moment because one in three kids in the UK is obese or overweight. Newsround asked food expert Dr Radha to explain why it's important to eat your greens.

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