A brand new app has been developed to assist individuals attain the really useful goal of consuming 5 parts of vegetables and fruit a day.

It tells customers whether or not they’re consuming the best portion sizes, in addition to the best meals, to satisfy the really useful pointers from Well being Authorities within the UK.

Earlier research from Bournemouth College discovered that while most adults within the UK are conscious of the 5 a day message, their understanding of the way to get to it’s low.

“Nearly everybody is aware of they need to eat 5 a day,” stated Katherine Appleton, Professor of Psychology at Bournemouth College, who led the research and the event of the brand new app. “However after we appeared slightly additional, it was clear that lots of people didn’t know what counts in direction of the goal, they didn’t know what a portion dimension is, and plenty of didn’t realise that they wanted to eat 5 various things.

“Our research additionally confirmed that decrease information was related to decrease consumption of vegetables and fruit,” she added.

Figures from Public Well being England have proven that solely a 3rd of adults, and 12 p.c of 11 to eighteen-year-olds eat the really useful quantity.

The free SMART-5-A-DAY app has been created particularly to assist individuals perceive portion sizes and see how the quantities of vegetables and fruit that they eat contribute in direction of their every day goal. Customers choose the fruit or vegetable they’ve simply eaten and can then be requested to enter how a lot of it they ate. The app will then inform them whether or not that quantity made up a full or partial portion and the way far more can be wanted to take it as much as a full portion. It additionally retains a working complete of their progress in direction of the 5 a day goal.

What is exclusive about this app is that in addition to monitoring every day fruit and vegetable consumption, it teaches individuals about portion dimension, in order that they get to the purpose the place they know what they should eat themselves. We expect this can be an efficient device to enhance individuals’s diets for the long run, somewhat than merely for the brief interval that they use the app.”

Katherine Appleton, Professor of Psychology, Bournemouth College

A peer-reviewed research of an earlier prototype model discovered that it had some advantages to customers’ consuming habits and their understanding of what’s wanted to achieve the every day really useful consumption.

The model launched at present incorporates a number of updates from suggestions after the prototype trial, which the researchers hope will result in larger modifications in consuming behaviours amongst its customers.

SMART 5-A-DAY can be within the Google Play Retailer for Android telephones from 29 December.