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Benefits of fruits and vegetables

Updated on October 22, 2009

Benefits of fruits and vegetables

Benefits of fruits and vegetables

An idea on benefits of fruits and vegetables to health.

There are many benefits of fruits and vegetables rich diet to our life and health. But, in reality there are only few numbers of people those who choose fruits and vegetable diet.

According to revised NSDA grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy, meat and beans are 5 MAJOR foods groups, included in the food pyramid. If you want to keep yourself fit and stay healthy forever then it is very important to eat a wide variety of foods from each and every food group listed above. Going for different varieties will not only give you a great deal of variety and keep boredom from setting in, but it will also provide you with the best nutritional balance as well. In addition to macronutrients such as fats, proteins, fiber and water, micronutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, etc are also vitally important to good health. That is why a healthy, varied diet is so important.

Benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed full of many essential vitamins and minerals, including many micronutrients that you will never be able to find in packaged vitamin supplements. Some foods like pumpkins, carrots, mangoes, peaches butternut squash and green leafy vegetables are rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene is the best consumable form of Vitamin A and is vital for healthy skin and eyes.

There are many other benefits of fruits and vegetables, besides just their nutritional importance. Such as:

- Taste, flavors and colors of fruits and vegetables makes it possible that they can be used in virtually every meal. Those seeking to maximize their diet should get into the healthy habit of using fruits in salads, as toppings and as garnishes.

- Fruits and vegetables help maximize the nutrition. But, try to keep this in mind that proper nutrition comes from a healthy diet, not from vitamin supplements.

Knowing the five major food groups and how much of each to eat every day is only part of the picture. Choosing good and healthy diet means, choosing things like the leanest cuts of meat, choosing egg substitutes rather than going for whole eggs, picking up freshest fruits and vegetables, etc.

Even with fruits and vegetables, some choices are better than others. There are some fruits that are packed with fat and calories like avocados. Therefore, it is really necessary to check the nutritional values and qualities of the fruits and vegetables you choose.

Try to go for fiber rich as; adequate fiber intake is also important in preventing heart disease and some kinds of cancer. If you want to lose fat then go for fruits and vegetable those are high in nutrition, low in fat and with low calorie count. Fruits and vegetables contain very low levels of fats, and a diet low in fat can be quite effective for long term weight loss. Fruits and vegetables contain no cholesterol, and they are lower in calories than many other types of foods.

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