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Assortment of fruits in a bowlMost Australians eat just one serve of fruit a day, which is half of the minimum recommended amount of two pieces. Eating fruit is associated with a reduced risk of obesity and weight gain. If you are underweight, eating plenty of fruit can be a healthy way to increase your energy intake.

If you are overweight and want to lose weight, cut down on unhealthy foods and drinks rather than fruit.

Fruit is a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. Diets high in fruit can help protect you against heart disease and stroke and may reduce your risk of some cancers.

You can eat and cook with fresh, frozen, canned or dried varieties of fruit. Avoid fruit that’s been canned in sugar sweetened syrup.

It is better to eat fruit than to drink fruit juice or eat dried fruit. Fruit juices can be high in energy (kilojoules), often lack dietary fibre and are acidic which increases the risk of dental erosion. Dried fruit is also high in energy (kilojoules) and can stick to your teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay. It’s best to only drink fruit juice and eat dried fruit occasionally.

Fresh fruit is a great choice for a healthy snack on the go!

 

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