This is Article 3 of 8 Articles that summarize key points from the book SuperFoods HealthStyle: Proven Strategies for Lifelong Health, by Steven G. Pratt, M.D.
We must eat a lot of different types of fruits and vegetables every day to maintain our daily health. This way, you can color your way to daily health.
Our risk of getting cancer and many other chronic diseases may be reduced by diets rich in fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables supply essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other vital substances for good health. In addition, most fruits and vegetables are filling and naturally low in fat and calories.
There is a popular program called 5 A Day for Better Health that you might have heard or read about. The program provides simple ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your daily eating routines. We need to eat a broad range of colorful fruits and vegetables every day, including the colors orange, yellow, red, green, white, blue, and purple.
When you eat vegetables and fruit from each color group, you will benefit from the important nutrients. Each group of these foods alone, or in combination with others, offers vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
There are many different but straightforward ways to start including fruit and vegetables in your regular and preferred meals. As an illustration, you can begin your day with 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice. You can also slice bananas or strawberries on top of your favorite healthy cereal. Maybe you can enjoy a salad with lunch and an apple for an afternoon snack.
If you add a vegetable to your dinner, you already have about 5 cups of vegetables and fruits. How about even trying to add a piece of fruit for a snack or an extra vegetable at dinner?
Don’t Be Shy To Color
Do not be scared to try something new to increase your vegetable and fruit consumption. When selecting fruits and vegetables, you have pretty several good choices. Your new favorite might include mango, asparagus, and kiwi fruit. You can keep things fresh and exciting by combining fruits and vegetables of various flavors and colors, like cucumbers and red peppers or grapes with pineapple chunks.
Try the practice of keeping fruits and vegetables in sight and within reach because you will tend to eat them more. For example, you can clean, cut, and store your fruit and vegetables at eye level in your refrigerator or keep a large colorful bowl of fruit on your table.
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