Eat more fruits and vegetables!
Posted on June 30, 2015
You’ve likely heard this statement since childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health Promotion, healthy adults should eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Research shows why it is good advice: eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Here’s the facts why:
- Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
- Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. Because they are filling, they can play an important role in managing your weight. For example, you can cut calories by substituting fruits and vegetables for higher-fat foods and snacks. In addition, most healthy eating plans allow for one or two small snacks a day. Choosing mostly fruits and vegetables will allow you to eat a snack with only 100 calories or less.