BENEFITS OF FRUIT AND VEGGIES

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends eating 5 portions, or 400g, of fruit and vegetables every day. 

It's actually easier that it sounds, I will give you some tips.

Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit?

Unsweetened 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies can only ever count as a maximum of one portion of your 5 A DAY.

For example, if you have two glasses of fruit juice and a smoothie in one day, that still only counts as one portion.

Eating a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables has been linked to improved health, and for good reason.

Veggies and fruit (both fresh and frozen) are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants,  which have been shown to

protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke.  Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and

fruit, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type diabetes.

They are also low in calories, making them a great choice for your weightloss.  Choosing a colorful assortment vegetables is best, as

different benefits exist in the different color spectrum. 

The orange pigment found in carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, for example, contain the antioxidant beta-carotene.  The deep red

pigment found in tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which is linked with prostate health.

Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white

potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney

beans.

 

Source:choosemyplate.gov

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