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Reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables

Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, Nutrition and Health Education, University of Missouri Extension


Not only do fruits and vegetables add a variety of flavors, colors and textures to your meals and snacks, they also help keep you healthy.

Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and sodium, and they don’t have cholesterol. They also add fiber to your diet, which fills you up and helps lower your cholesterol levels. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients like folic acid and potassium. Folic acid helps reduce the risks of birth defects during a baby’s development. Fruits like oranges and bananas are high in potassium and help you maintain healthy blood pressure.

The health benefits from eating fruits and vegetables may help you ward off heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables can also help you maintain your weight because they are low in calories. A diet packed with fruits and vegetables provides nutrients and helps fill you up while keeping your overall calorie intake low.





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