Lankans consume less fruits and vegetables
Sri Lankans should eat more fruits and vegetables said Agriculture
Development Ministry Additional Secretary Dr. D.B.T. Wijeratna.
He said that a survey has revealed that the intake of fruits and
vegetables by the Sri Lankans is not sufficient. The World Health
Organization has recommended an average of 400 grams of fruit and
vegetables a day by a person. Sri Lankans, it has been found eat less
than 150 grams of fruit and vegetables, he said.
Dr. Wijeratna said that people should eat more fruits and vegetables
such as mango, jack, rambutan, guava and plenty of vegetables grown in
the village in preference to popular carrots, beetroots, leeks, beans,
apple and grapes. Rural Sri Lanka has enough nutritious fruits and
vegetables, he said.
Meanwhile Agriculture Development Ministry has launched a program to
popularize indigenous fruit and vegetables among the schoolchildren, he
The people fall victim to non-communicable diseases such as
diabetics, cancer, high blood pressure and heart ailments due to not
taking sufficient quantity of fruits and vegetables, he said.