Do you know the actual health benefits of fruits and vegetables or just that you’re supposed to eat them? Moms have been telling their children for generations to “Eat your vegetables!” and while we spend plenty of time reinforcing healthy food choices, we don’t spend enough time talking about why certain foods are better than others. Here are some answers to those questions.
Eating fruits and vegetables provides you with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from stroke, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer. Your recommended calorie intake depends on your age, gender, and average daily activity level. In general, adults should eat five to nine servings (serving = ½ cup) of each every day. Single fruits and vegetables are usually not labeled, but packages of fresh produce often include nutritional facts labels, making it easier to figure out serving size and nutritional info.
The different colors that fruits and vegetables come in indicate that they each have something different to offer your body, so it is ideal to eat a wide variety of colors. Each color offers a certain range of nutrients such as fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Brighten up meal time by adding some green broccoli, orange carrots, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red strawberries and white cauliflower to your plate.
Substituting fruits and vegetables instead of higher calorie snacks throughout the day not only gives you more of the nutrients that you need, but is also great for weight management. One of the best benefits of fruits and veggies is having calories that work for you instead of against you. Fresh fruit such as apples and bananas make great between-meal snacks, and adding a leafy green salad to lunch helps fill you up.
In an on-the-go lifestyle, fresh fruit and vegetables aren’t always an option. Healthy To Go products, like powdered drink mixes, give you convenient access to antioxidant rich foods and are made from 100% natural ingredients, including fruits and vegetables.