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Mom Knows Best: Eat Your Vegetables

Mom always said to eat your vegetables perhaps she was onto something. According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) who just released reports regarding America’s fruit and vegetable consumption, the lack of produce consumption in Americans’ diets is costing Americans $56 billion per year in related health care cost.
The average American eats only 43 percent of the daily-recommended intake of fruit and only 57 percent of vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are the key to a healthy diet and weight management according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of nutrients that are beneficial in keeping your body healthy and strong. They offer vitamins, minerals and even fiber. Eating the recommended amount of produce can eliminate many health problems including reducing your risk of strokes, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many types of cancers.
Also, by eating a variety of color in produce increases the type of nutrients you receive each offering different health benefits. You should be eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day to get your needed daily allowance. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends that you eat 4 A� cups each day.
For weight management fruits and vegetables are a great food alternative. They are low in calories meaning you can eat more without the guilt and with the added bonus of fiber they help satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling full longer.
The great thing about produce is it easy to substitute for foods high in fat to offer taste and seasoning.
There are so many options when it comes to fruits and vegetables that you don’t have to get stuck in a rut and eat the same thing over and over again. Switch it up. You may surprise yourself and end up liking those vegetables you used to sneak to the dog when Mom said eat up.…

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Eating Fruits and Vegetables: Why It Matters

Eating fruits and vegetables can be a difficult thing to do, especially when there are so many tasty (and unhealthy!) foods to choose from. This article is going to look at the types of fruits and vegetables to choose from and help you to eat more healthy foods everyday.
We all know that we are supposed to eat our vegetables, but too many Americans choose to eat unhealthy foods instead-there are many highly processed foods available such as processed foods and junk foods. These foods many taste better when compared directly with the vegetables, but they are filled with harmful ingredients: highly processed grains, sugars, sodium, chemicals, preservatives, etc.
The truth is that if you compare the taste of spinach side-by-side with the taste of a processed treat, of course the processed food is going to taste better! It is filled with ingredients to make you want to eat more, and there are often addictive ingredients added to these foods.
But don’t worry, because as you cut out the junk food and start eating more healthy foods, your tastes will actually change. Cutting out the sugars and high levels of sodium will allow your palate to adjust back to the natural way of eating, and you will begin to enjoy the natural flavors that can be found in fruits and vegetables.
The reason it is so important to eat more fruits and vegetables is because these foods contain high levels of essential nutrients that you need to be healthy. The vitamins and minerals help to strengthen your immune system, prevent disease, and lower your risk of serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes.
When you are selecting the types of fruits and vegetables that you want to eat, try choosing a variety of foods… there are many great foods to choose from. A few of my favorite fruits include: bananas, mangos, peaches, raspberries, pears, oranges, and pineapple; and some of my favorite vegetables include: spinach, cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, bell peppers, and celery (just to name a few).
As you are transitioning to eat more healthy foods, you should begin to include more fruits and vegetables with every meal. Make sure that you have at least 1 item on the menu that is completely fruit and vegetable based. Salads, veggie trays, and steamed vegetables all work great with any meal. And chopped fruit is a great substitute for sugar-filled desserts.…