Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Why Should I Eat More Fruits and Vegetables?
Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. A
diet with lots of fruits and vegetables will
Help you control your weight
Reduce your blood pressure and the risk of stroke
Help prevent certain cancers
Protect your eyesight
Relieve stomach and intestinal problems
Help control Type 2 diabetes (adult onset diabetes)
Taste great and add variety to meals and
Be Sure to Eat the Rainbow
Variety is important when it comes to fruits and vegetables. In
addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber, fruits and vegetables have
phytochemicals. These are plant substances that have health
benefits. They give plants color, aroma and flavor and help protect
the plant from viruses and fungi. By eating a wider variety of
fruits and vegetables, you can be sure of getting different
phytochemicals which may reduce your risk of cancer. Think of eating
fruits and vegetables like eating the rainbow. Be sure to sample all
of the colors as often as you can.
Orange and Deep Yellow: Try sweet potatoes,
carrots, winter squash, oranges and peaches.
Red: Try tomatoes, pink grapefruit and
Dark Green: Try spinach, collards or turnip
Purple, Dark Red and Blue: Try beets,
blueberries, red and purple grapes, cherries and eggplant.
White: Try cauliflower, parsnips and turnips.
Before You Start:
Consult your physician or dietitian if you
have been told to follow a special diet or have food allergies or if
you have a chronic illness such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma
before making major changes in your diet.