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Are You Eating Enough Fruits & Vegetables?
Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? We all know fruits and vegetables are important for good health, but many Americans aren’t getting enough of these foods in their diet. In fact, roughly 90% of Americans don’t meet the daily recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, let alone 30 different varieties a week! Tomorrow (June 17) is Eat Your Vegetables Day, a day dedicated to getting people to eat their veggies, and also in spreading awareness of their diversity and necessity in a healthy diet.
To get started, try to “Eat the Rainbow”. Eating different colored fruits and vegetables is a fundamentally healthy way to eat. Our bodies need a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to stay healthy, and nature has color-coded these for us. Each color provides various health benefits and no one color is superior to another, which is why a balance of all colors is most important. An easy way to make sure you’re getting all the different nutrients is to choose a variety of colorful vegetables to fill half your plate.
Red – Foods that are red help reduce cancer risk, boost your immune system, and enhance brain and heart health. This is because they contain compounds like anthocyanidins and lycopene.
Orange – Foods that are orange help boost your immune system and optimize eye and skin health. This is because they contain compounds like beta-carotene and curcuminoids.
Yellow – Foods that are yellow are anti-inflammatory and promote eye, skin, brain, and heart health. This is because they contain compounds like lutein and zeaxanthin.
Green – Green foods are anti-inflammatory, support your liver, and are vital for brain and heart health. This is because they contain compounds like chlorophyll and isoflavones.
Blue & Purple – Foods that are blue and purple are anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and are good for the brain! This is because they contain compounds like anthocyanidins and resveratrol.
White & Brown – Foods that are white and brown are anti-inflammatory, plus they support a healthy liver and optimize hormone health. This is because they contain compounds like allicin and tannins.
Click on the link below and find out pretty much everything you’ll ever need to know about fruits and veggies – from hot topics of interest to food safety, along with a slew of additional resources for your produce education!