‘Eat your fruits and vegetables’. This seems to be a phrase we hear often and almost to the point that it no longer holds its meaning. This month, take a moment to think about why fruits and vegetables are so important to include in a well-balanced diet.
Fruits and veggies not only help to maintain a healthy weight, but they also taste great! These little (or sometimes big) foods are packed full of nutrients; not only vitamins, minerals and energy but phytochemicals…that’s right, phytochemicals. You may think you have never heard of phytochemicals before but they are often highlighted by companies that make processed foods. Some more commonly known phytochemicals are antioxidants, lutein and polyphenols. Instead of purchasing processed foods where phytochemicals are artificially added in, grab a handful of blueberries, soybeans and greens and call it a day!
Science is learning more and more about the importance of the foods that we eat and how it affects our health. The more that is learned, the more it is proven that including a variety of colors of fruits and veggies is so important for your body to get the nutrients it needs to function well.
For more information on fruits, vegetables and phytochemicals please visit: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/.