Word on the street is that fruits and vegetables are good for you.
But why!? And what exactly are fruits and vegetables?
Let’s start with the basics. A fruit is a seed-bearing structure, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts; roots, leaves and stems. Using this definition, apples, squash and yes, tomatoes are all fruits. Vegetables include all non-seed containing plants such as beets, potatoes, spinach and broccoli.
But why should you eat them?
Epidemiological studies strongly suggest that a diet rich in plants can reduce the risk of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases as diets founded on fruit and vegetable intake tend to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and E.
How many should I eat?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recommended guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption are as follows:
Vegetables // Fruits
Fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with a lower incidence of:
“But I don’t like veggies!”
No excuses! There are many ways to hide veggies in your diet:
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