It looks like Mom was right when she said, “eat your fruits and vegetables”. Fruits and vegetables contain a wealth of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (components in food which offer protection against disease such as cancer). The fat-free, low calorie nature of fruits and vegetables makes them ideal for anyone seeking to lose or maintain weight. One cup of raw vegetable contains about 25 calories. There are about 60 calories in ½ cup or 1 small piece of fruit. The current recommendation on fruit and vegetable intake is to consume 5 or more servings per day. Remember these tips when including fruits and vegetables in your diet.
All fruits and vegetables are good for you. Some, however, are over the top when it comes to vitamins, minerals, fiber, beta-carotene and phytochemicals. Some of the top contenders include watermelon, orange, grapefruit, apricots, papaya, broccoli, spinach (or any type of dark greens), sweet potatoes, carrots, and red and green peppers. Remember that this list is not all inclusive. Each fruit or vegetable has something unique to offer, which makes variety a key aspect of any healthy diet.
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