What’s The Big Deal About Fruits and Vegetables?

Fruits and vegetables boast big health benefits.

Whether it's berries, spinach or something else, fruits and vegetables seem to always be news-worthy. Wondering why such a big deal is made about eating your fruits and veggies? It's for several good reasons.

• Most people don't consume enough fruits and vegetables to take advantage of all their benefits, and should eat more. The United States Department of Agriculture's MyPlate program recommends that half of your plate be made up of fruits and vegetables at each meal. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in an array of colors will help provide the biggest health benefits.

• Fruits and vegetables are a source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals and other natural substances that are essential for your overall good health. As part of a healthy diet, they contribute to healthy hair, skin, nails and eyes, as well help sustain your level of energy.

• Overall, people in this country are heavier than ever before. Most fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and the fiber found in fruits and vegetables can help you feel full, thus avoid overeating and help your maintain a healthy weight.

• Research has proven a link between diet and disease. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and other diseases.

To learn more about how eating a healthy diet can benefit your health, talk with your doctor or dietitian. To find out more about meeting with a registered dietitian, visit us online or call us at 1-855-665-TMCP for a physician referral.

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