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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

THE BENEFITS OF EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

GREAT SOURCE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins A, C and E, as well as magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and folic acid. For potassium, one of the most important minerals for your health, eat plenty of avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas, prunes and even tomato paste puree.

VARIETIES OF FLAVORS AND TEXTURES: You can try strong flavors like onions, olives and peppers, or milder options such as mushrooms and corn. For sweet flavors, fruits like pineapple, grapes or plums are great, while lemons and grapefruits are more sour.

LOTS AND LOTS OF FIBER: Most fruits and vegetables have plenty of fiber to fill you up and boost gut health, but some have more than others. Fiber-rich vegetables include artichokes, green peas, broccoli and cauliflower. High-fiber fruits include raspberries, pears, apples and pumpkin.

LOW-FAT CALORIE AND LOW-FAT: Fruits and especially vegetables are very low in calories and fat, which means you can eat more to keep you feeling full without worrying about extra calories or fat.

PROTECT AGAINST CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES: Many vegetables and fruits contain phytochemicals, which are biologically active substances that can help protect against some diseases. That means you can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer by adding them into your diet. Specifically cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage, collards and watercress, have been linked to reducing cancer risks.

HELPS TO MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH: Because they’re low in saturated fat, salt and sugar, fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced diet that can help you lose weight or prevent weight gain. Plus, they can help you decrease inflammation, and lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

LOW IN SODIUM AND CHOLESTEROL: Fresh fruits and vegetables contain only trace amounts of sodium. Cholesterol doesn’t exist in fruits and vegetables at all.

FRESH, FROZEN, CANNED, DRIED: While eating fresh fruits and vegetables may be your preference, there’s not much difference from a nutrition standpoint when you compare frozen, canned or dehydrated products. In fact, most frozen and canned products are processed within hours of harvest, so the nutritional value is locked in quickly.

CONVENIENT, QUICK AND EASY: Unlike granola bars or crackers, many fruits and vegetables don’t need any packaging. You can easily grab a banana or an apple as you’re heading out the door.

SMOOTHIES: If you have a blender, all you need is fruit and ice to whip up a delicious smoothie using all of your favorite flavors. And here’s a tip – when you make a fruit smoothie, feel free to throw in as much fresh spinach as you like. Spinach doesn’t start to taste like “spinach” until you cook it. Even kids can’t tell the difference.


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