You know that vegetables and fruit are good for you, but have you ever wondered just how good? Research shows that eating vegetables and fruit, especially dark green and orange ones, can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Along with their great taste and versatility, vegetables and fruit provide nutrients that are important for health.
Here are a few great reasons to eat veggies and fruit often.
• They are packed with important vitamins and minerals, especially antioxidants like vitamin C and Beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A).
• Virtually all vegetables and fruit are low in fat and low in calories. Olives and avocados are the exceptions, so enjoy them in moderation.
• Vegetables and fruit are a delicious way to get dietary fibre. Soluble fibre, found in apples, strawberries and citrus fruit, helps to reduce the “bad” LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, especially if it is high. It is recommended an adult should consume between 21 g to 38 g of fibre a day from a variety of sources.
It really doesn’t matter whether you eat fresh, frozen or canned vegetables or fruit, or whether they are organic or not. They all have about the same nutritional value. What is important is that you eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruit at every meal and snack. When using canned vegetables, rinse them with water or buy ones with no added salt.