An Overview to Fruits and Vegetables in Nutrition
May 25, 2010
Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to maintain good health. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They contain vitamins, phytochemicals, and minerals that can protect your body from diseases like diabetes, cancers, and heart diseases. Ideally, you should consume five kinds of vegetables and two kinds of fruits each day.
Presently, magazines, advertisements, and schools support and insist on eating more fruits and vegetables. This is to make us all more aware of the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables.
Among other claimed benefits, they are believed by some people to have some benefits in your body’s defense against common ailments of the heart and intestines, and even some types of cancer.
Some fruits and vegetables contain certain antioxidants which may help to keep away or reduce the effects of some ailments and diseases. Many health professionals attest to the importance of having fruit and vegetables in your daily diet.
Different fruits and vegetables have different essential nutrients and vitamins. Hence, it is not sufficient to just eat only a small range of vegetables and fruit that you particularly like.
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It’s a good idea to include some different fruits and at least one serving of dark green leafy vegetables each day. Some fruits and vegetables are very low in calories or fat.
Many are packed with nutrients, antioxidant vitamins, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and/or phytochemicals. These ingredients are claimed to be very helpful for maintaining or even improving your health.
Among fruits, oranges, cantaloupe, grapefruit, guava, pineapple, kiwi, papaya, and grapes are very nutritious. Organic berries are claimed to provide excellent antioxidant protection, as they are a rich source of phytochemical carotenoids and flavonoids.
Many people like to eat bananas and apples regularly. These fruits are, apparently, low on antioxidants although they are very nutritious and can contribute to your heath.
Among vegetables, some varieties are rich in antioxidants.You should include dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce and kale in your daily diet.
Other healthy choices of vegetables include carrots, which are rich sources of vitamin A, beans, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Swiss chard, tomatoes, garlic, sweet potatoes, onions, white potatoes, and the always popular corn.
Ideally, you should start the day with fruits on your breakfast cereal or as an additional item on your breakfast menu. Berries on sugar-free, whole grain cereal is a good breakfast choice. You could have homemade soup just before lunch. Combine it with fresh salad of vegetables like lettuce, cucumber, or a romaine lettuce salad. Have steamed vegetables for dinner with pasta or you might include little stir-fried vegetables for your dinner.
Make it a habit to have fresh fruits and raw vegetables for snacks between meals instead of less healthy choices. Consuming fruits and vegetables can help in some measure to increase your body’s defense you against some types of ailments.
Regular consumption may help with protecting against or reducing the effects of:
- Intestinal ailments such as diverticulitis, heart diseases and strokes
- some types of cancer
- problems with blood pressure and
- may help to guard against cataract and macular degeneration that normally are the principal causes for vision loss.
Most people are not aware of the amount of fruits and vegetables that might, eaten daily, be enough to get optimum results.
The best recommendations come from your medical practitioner, who can take into account your particular medical history and the current state of your health.
Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or anything affecting your health which may be significant.
The dietary guidelines suggested in Fabulous Fruit and Vegetables are from 2½ to 6½ cups of fruits and vegetables per day, depending on your caloric intake. If you need a daily calorie intake of 2,000 calories to maintain weight and health, that is about nine servings or two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables.
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