April 7th 2010, 10:36
Couch potatoes rejoice! As of today, you don't have to eat those five portions of fruit and vegetables every day in order to ward off cancer. Researchers have discovered that the advice of every government has, all along, been wrong. The beneficial effect is modest, say researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, after they profiled the lifestyles of 500,000 participants around Europe.
As the average couch potato never even got close to consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables anyway, the news represents more of a salve to his conscience than a rethink to his diet. And those who eat healthily will continue to do so, irrespective of this latest piece of research.