The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter

The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter est une revue mensuelle gratuite en anglais destinée aux professionnels de la santé dans lequel des chercheurs du monde entier contribuent à la rédaction d’articles. Aprifel vous offre l’accès à la base de données complète des revues Global Fruit & Veg depuis 2006 en format PDF. Une newsletter en français est également disponible.

The Global Fruit and Veg Newsletter (GFVN) is a monthly newsletter published since 2006 * throughout more than 30 countries involved in the promotion of the consumption of fruit and vegetables worldwide to improve Public Health. The articles published are scientifically based and come from the literature review.  Doing so allows us to disseminate the scientific knowledge outside the box and share the work with more than 10 000 readers from other disciplines (Scientists, health professionals, F&V professionals, consumer associations, journalists and general public). *GFVN replaces the Ifava Scientific Newsletter

N°13 June 2007

Where does the new EU Regulation on claims leave fruit & vegetables promotion?

Given the current debate on obesity and the role that fruit and vegetables can have in any serious solution to address this epidemic, it seems more than reasonable that the new Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims should allow the fruit and vegetable sector, along with public authorities, to continue promoting without restriction the unique [...]
N°12 May 2007

Overcoming the socioeconomic and gender gap in fruit and vegetable intake

Why is it so difficult for most people to reach the daily recommendation for fruit and vegetables? In Sweden, less than 20 percent of the adult population reaches the intake goal of 500 grams per day, and less than 10 percent of children reach their goal of 400 grams. A universal pattern can be observed [...]
N°11 April 2007

Nutritional life-style and Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (type II) has become a significant threat to public health worldwide: it has been estimated that at least 171 million people are affected and it is assumed that by 2030 this figure will have more than doubled to 366 million people. While the developing countries will experience the highest burden, the impact in [...]
N°10 March 2007

We are all involved in obesity policies

A key element in the Amsterdam Treaty was the statement that “… high levels of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities…” All policies and activities? Yes – because it is not enough to tell school children to eat better snacks or to tell parents [...]
N°9 February 2007

The Healthiest Diet in the World

As I write this, I have on my desk the latest diet books. Each one claims to reveal the secret to lasting weight loss and maintenance. Most of them claim that a healthy weight can be obtained without much effort, and some even allege that weight loss can be achieved without dieting or exercise. If [...]
N°8 January 2007


Availability and accessibility of fresh fruit and vegetables (F&V) has become the most important issue in understanding why people do not eat enough F&V everyday: no F&V in vending machines, non existent new distribution systems for F&V, lack of availability at schools, lack of preparation knowledge… The two most considered questions are the affordability for [...]
N°7 December 2006


Osteoporosis, a global health problem, is increasingly significant as people live longer and the world's population grows(1). Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and its complications are essential socioeconomic priorities, calling for the development and implementation of strategies, in particular nutritional approaches and policies. Increasing scientific evidence links high fruit and vegetable intake to more favourable [...]
N°6 November 2006

IFAVA International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance

Schools represent a unique setting for the promotion of fruit and vegetable intake in children: they reach large captive audiences and provide many opportunities to improve nutrition, including formal learning, feeding, as well as other activities such as cooking and gardening. In addition, school-based fruit and vegetable promotion programmes can in many cases be practical [...]
N°5 October 2006

Fruit and Vegetables and Cardiovascular Health

Recent results from the Women’s Health Initiative indicate that a diet low in fat but high in fruit, vegetables and grains does not significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. These results were unexpected and almost shocking, seemingly reversing the evidence from previous studies that was thought be solid. Despite these findings, [...]