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# 42p = 42 pounds? Pennies? Five portions = ?

Thu 28 Apr, 2011 08:24 am
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No excuses: Five portions of fruit and veg can cost as little as 42p, reveals charity

More:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1380623/Fruit-vegetables-Five-day-cost-little-42p.html
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sozobe

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 08:33 am
@oristarA,
That refers to pence. (British currency.)

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Cycloptichorn

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 08:34 am
@oristarA,
Probably 'Pence.' Here in America we would say 'Pennies.'

Cycloptichorn
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oristarA

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 08:39 am
Thank you both.

Forty two pounds are only expressed as ￡42?
Cycloptichorn

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 08:44 am
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

Thank you both.

Forty two pounds are only expressed as ￡42?

Yes, in terms of the English Pound as a currency, or '42 lbs' if you are using the word pound as a measurement of weight. I don't know why 'lbs.' is used when they measure weight...

As for 'Five portions,' it's saying that that amount of money buys enough for 5 people to eat at meal.

Cheers
Cycloptichorn
Region Philbis

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 09:14 am
@Cycloptichorn,
Quote:
I don't know why 'lbs.' is used when they measure weight...
The unit is descended from the Roman libra (wiki)...
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oristarA

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 09:21 am
@Cycloptichorn,
Thanks
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laughoutlood

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 11:02 pm
@oristarA,
The 5 portions refers to the variety of fruit and vegetables essential to a balanced diet. The World Health Organisation recommends at least 5 portions per person per day.
oristarA

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Thu 28 Apr, 2011 11:19 pm
@laughoutlood,
laughoutlood wrote:

The 5 portions refers to the variety of fruit and vegetables essential to a balanced diet. The World Health Organisation recommends at least 5 portions per person per day.

Thanks.

But it turns out to cause a confusion in me.

More details (with pics would be best)?
laughoutlood

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 12:46 am
@oristarA,
http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/treatments/healthy_living/nutrition/healthy_fruitveg.shtml

warning these sites may contain pictures of fruit and vegetables and traces of nuts
contrex

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 01:42 am
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

Thank you both.

Forty two pounds are only expressed as ￡42?

1. Forty-two UK pounds is a sum of money. Sums of money, weights, distances, (and other things as well) are "singular quantities".

2. Forty-two pounds (the hyphen is often seen in UK English) can be expressed as £42 but in accounting and when it is desired to be precise e.g. when writing a cheque we write £42.00.

3. A sum of money under one pound such as forty-two pence can be written causally as 42p but as before, it is more precisely written as £0.42.

oristarA

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:01 am
@laughoutlood,
laughoutlood wrote:

One portion is how many grams?

(I've read through one page of the links you offerred. However, those foreign web page showed very slowly here, because stupid and insane Chinese filter put its nose into it to check out anything that I could not open another link)
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oristarA

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:03 am
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

oristarA wrote:

Thank you both.

Forty two pounds are only expressed as ￡42?

1. Forty-two UK pounds is a sum of money. Sums of money, weights, distances, (and other things as well) are "singular quantities".

2. Forty-two pounds (the hyphen is often seen in UK English) can be expressed as £42 but in accounting and when it is desired to be precise e.g. when writing a cheque we write £42.00.

3. A sum of money under one pound such as forty-two pence can be written causally as 42p but as before, it is more precisely written as £0.42.

Thanks
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Setanta

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:08 am
A portion of vegetables may not be a specific weight--for example, if you want to get iron in your diet, eating one leek will do the trick for you, but you could ten pounds of beans and not get enough. You want a variety of different vegetables and different types of vegetables to get the nutritonal value you need. The United States Department of Agriculture, for a variety of reasons, gives one half cup as the portion size for fruits and vegetables. How much it weighs is meaningless--a cup is a measure of volume. One half cup is about 115 mililiters.
oristarA

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:18 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

A portion of vegetables may not be a specific weight--for example, if you want to get iron in your diet, eating one leek will do the trick for you, but you could ten pounds of beans and not get enough. You want a variety of different vegetables and different types of vegetables to get the nutritonal value you need. The United States Department of Agriculture, for a variety of reasons, gives one half cup as the portion size for fruits and vegetables. How much it weighs is meaningless--a cup is a measure of volume. One half cup is about 115 mililiters.

So five portions a day are about 0.6 kilogram of fruit and vegs a day?
That hits the point surely.
Thank you.
ehBeth

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:24 am
@oristarA,
No.

Kilograms are weight. The portions are measured by volume, not weight.
oristarA

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:34 am
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

No.

Kilograms are weight. The portions are measured by volume, not weight.

Who cares? Five 115 mililiters are about 0.6 kilograms in weight.
ehBeth

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:36 am
@oristarA,
It appears you didn't understand Setanta's explanation at all.

Different items of the same volume are not necessarily the same weight, so the reference to weight is nonsensical when volume is the measurement.
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Setanta

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 07:40 am
@oristarA,
No, that's not what it means at all. Which weighs more, 115 mililiters of water, or 115 mililiters of sand? The common expression in English is that you're comparing apples to oranges. In this case, you comparing measures of weight to measures of volume.
oristarA

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Fri 29 Apr, 2011 09:01 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

No, that's not what it means at all. Which weighs more, 115 mililiters of water, or 115 mililiters of sand? The common expression in English is that you're comparing apples to oranges. In this case, you comparing measures of weight to measures of volume.

I'm right, Set and EhBeth.

My comparison is a short-cut to clear the barrier for understanding, like adding an auxiliary line to a puzzling geometric figure to make it easy to solve.

Remember: We are talking about portions of fruit and veg, not anything else, so your comparison with sand is an ungrounded aberration. And EhBeth has ignored the fact that common fruit and vegs share almost same specific gravity! You can make an apple into a cup of juice, and get an impression: their weight is about equal to their volumn.

ehBeth wrote:

It appears you didn't understand Setanta's explanation at all.

Different items of the same volume are not necessarily the same weight, so the reference to weight is nonsensical when volume is the measurement.

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