What is it about?

Fruit and vegetables play a crucial role in our health and wellbeing. Although many dietary guidelines advise consuming at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, measuring fruit and vegetable intake is always accompanied by several theoretical and practical difficulties. This paper discusses three main theoretical deficiencies in assessing fruit intake worldwide.

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Why is it important?

This paper highlights three main theoretical deficiencies in the field of nutritional science that would possibly cause misinterpretations to assess the fruit intake worldwide; how measurement can be affected due to the lack of a clear definition to identify a fruit; problems due to no clear scientific justification for the nutritional composition of servings of fruits and absence of a standard amount or size for a serving of fruits. These issues are discussed in detail with possible suggestions to assess the intake accurately.


We hope that this article will be interesting for the reader and thought-provoking. The article hilights several unsolved questions behind fruit classification and serving sizes. Therefore, experts in the field and other reputed international organizations must focus their attention towards these complications associated with measuring fruits intake.

Piumika Sooriyaarachchi
Queensland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: The inside story of fruits; exploring the truth behind conventional theories, Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome Clinical Research & Reviews, March 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.dsx.2021.03.020.
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