Fruits and Vegetables

10 GREAT REASONS to eat more fruits and vegetables

  1. To prevent cancer. Health experts widely agree that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can protect against many types of cancer.

  2. To protect your heart and blood vessels. Fruits and vegetables abound with antioxidants, fiber, and folate--- all required for a healthy heart.

  3. To lower your blood pressure. Eight to 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables plus two or three servings of low-fat dairy foods can reduce moderately high blood pressure as much as medication.

  4. To keep your weight where you want it. Many vegetables have as little as 50 calories in a cup. You'd only get five potato chips or one tiny cookie for the same number of calories.

  5. To prevent stroke. Studies have found that people who fill up on fruits and vegetables are 50% less likely to suffer a stroke.

  6. To keep vision sharp and clear. People who eat more dark green vegetables may have less risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

  7. To prevent bowel disorders. Fruits and vegetables are naturally high in fiber and other nutrients that prevent constipation and help keep the colon healthy.

  8. To prevent type 2 diabetes. Fruits and vegetables are the best kinds of carbohydrates for keeping blood sugar at a healthy level.

  9. To prevent osteoporosis- (thinning bones). While calcium and vitamin D are essential, fruits and vegetables also help maintain strong bones.

  10. To prevent birth defects. The folate abundant in dark green leafy vegetables and other produce can help reduce the risk of birth defects.