Saturday, January 3, 2009

Who Doesn't Need to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to good health. To get the amount that's recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat each every day.

The Center for Disease Control (our government) has a great calculator to help you to decide how many you need to maintain a healthy body. Of course this is the minimum requirement to maintain your health... not neccessarly how many you ACTUALLY need to achieve optimum health. Here you go!

How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need? (calculate here)

Fruits and Vegetables Can Protect Your Health

The Center for Disease Control recommends to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Why is that?

"Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers."

Variety + Colors = Health

"Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what's inside. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases.

To get a healthy variety, think color.

Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. The key is in the variety and freshness."

"View a chart that lists specific nutrients and tells you how these nutrients contribute to good health. You can also find out which fruits and vegetables are good and excellent sources of these nutrients."

Want to lose weight?
Maintain good or achieve optimum good health?

No secret.
Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains.
Eat less sugar, white flour products, processed foods.

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