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To shout is loud from the rooftops, potatoes do could as one of your 5 a day

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Margiemar Wed 09-Sep-15 13:15:52

In the report they decided to say they didn't purely because they thought some people would eat chips and crisps and think they are healthy.

A baked or boiled potato contains many vitamins and minerals and so is really part of your 5 a day

catzpyjamas Wed 09-Sep-15 13:17:05

Yay grin

Squidiot Wed 09-Sep-15 13:19:26

Is this a UK thing that people don't count potatoes as vegetables?confused

evilcherub Wed 09-Sep-15 13:20:55

Why are people on MN obsessed with "shouting" everything?

WeAllFloat Wed 09-Sep-15 13:21:54

Oh good! i do hate being bullshat. Nothing erodes trust like a good dose of pure bullshit for your 'own good'.

Theycallmemellowjello Wed 09-Sep-15 13:21:55

No, NHS guidance says they don't count, no matter how they're prepared:

Squidiot Wed 09-Sep-15 13:24:47

But potatoes are vegetables <weeps>

Margiemar Wed 09-Sep-15 13:29:28

Yes the NHS says that as they follow the same advice from the government report.

The NHS are useless at health stuff, they are still promoting low fat diets a d aritfical sweeteners.

WeAllFloat Wed 09-Sep-15 13:30:57

Hang on, the nhs are basing this on the way meals are usually in, it's in place of bread so now it's not a veg!? But because a parsnip is not in place of a carb that slips under the net.

GrouchyKiwi Wed 09-Sep-15 13:36:44

Watch out, cauliflower and spiralised courgette: you're next to be demoted from vegetable status.

Roast potatoes are properly healthy, right?

Zucker Wed 09-Sep-15 13:37:16

If we all relocated to Australia, the humble potato would count as a serving.

Australia 7 a day

DoJo Wed 09-Sep-15 13:37:30

Do you have a link to the original report?

iPaid Wed 09-Sep-15 13:40:06

Someone is going to point out that potatoes are carbs and therefore the work of the devil! Ignore and enjoy your lovely tatties grin

W00t Wed 09-Sep-15 13:40:50

Fine, but it's meant to be more like 7or 8 a day, but NHS thought people wouldn't be arsed in Britain...

iPaid Wed 09-Sep-15 13:43:49

Well the French say 10 a day shock

KittyandTeal Wed 09-Sep-15 13:43:56

Woohoo! I love potatoes in all forms. I'm proper happy I can count them too grin

GrouchyKiwi Wed 09-Sep-15 13:44:56

Yy, W00t. They decided 5 was the maximum number they could reasonably encourage Brits (and Kiwis) to consume. Which points out how rubbish the whole campaign is, but I suppose a numbered target is easier to push than simply "eat loads of fruit and veg".

LaurieMarlow Wed 09-Sep-15 13:45:19

Mumsnet's obsession with what counts as your 5 a day is one of my favourite things about it.

Thanks OP grin

LaurieMarlow Wed 09-Sep-15 13:49:57

From a marketing POV, it is a great campaign. People like certainty & clear goals - 'eat loads of fruit & veg' is much too vague - wouldn't have made anything like the impact.

5 felt like a good number for the UK to aim for. And it stuck. Good job all round. Hopefully we can become a bit more ambitious in time.

I don't really give a f* whether potatoes 'count' or not. They are a nutritious food. But then I'm Irish, so I would say that.

raisin3cookies Wed 09-Sep-15 13:51:51

I wouldn't listen to anything the NHS has to say about eating healthily, tbh.

Margiemar Wed 09-Sep-15 13:56:23

Yes the report did say 7 a day but they decided not to push for this as its unachievable for most.

Is it uk wide? I once heard a comedian joke about Scotland and one a day and assumed this was a joke, but a Scottish guy at work spoke of having a single vegetable a day in all seriousness.

LovelyFriend Wed 09-Sep-15 14:05:07

I guess they excluded the potatoes because some people would think their 5 a day is fulfilled by one large daily serving of chips.

Which kind of defeats the point of the 5 a day campaign.

LovelyFriend Wed 09-Sep-15 14:07:30

the report did say 7 a day but they decided not to push for this as its unachievable for most.
So they settled on 5 as most people either were or would meet it?

It's a joke really.
Guidelines sidelines.

If you were really health conscious you would be eating more than 5 a day. 5 a day is bare minimum.

AliceScarlett Wed 09-Sep-15 14:11:13

Potatos are carbs and therefore evil. Any evil food eaten will take the in-out calculation and throw it in the bin, along with science.

WorktoLive Wed 09-Sep-15 14:19:59

In the US, pizza and chips appears to count as two of your five a day, by virtue of potatoes and the smear of tomato paste on the pizza (no mention of a proper vegetable topping, eg peppers and mushrooms).


I suspect the industrially produced school dinner pizzas are a far cry from lovingly home made with loads of veg efforts.

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