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The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows an obese man talking to a doctor in his surgery. The man is eating a burger and the doctor tells him, "No - the gherkin on a burger isn't one of your five a day."
We are meant to assume that the man has just asked the doctor whether the gherkin on a burger counted as one of his five a day. 5 A Day is the name of a number of programmes in countries such as the USA, the United Kingdom and Germany, to encourage the consumption of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, following a recommendation by the World Health Organization that individuals consume at least 400g of vegetables daily. [Source: Wikipedia] The joke is that the gherkin found on a burger (see photo) is too small to count as one of the recommended five portions of fruit or vegetables per day — although the man was obviously hoping that it would!
A gherkin is a small cucumber that has been preserved in vinegar before being eaten (see photo).