Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month

by TOI Admin September 19, 2011

September is officially designated as Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month, and is a great opportunity to start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. The potential benefits associated with eating more fruits and vegetables add up quickly, including reducing your risk of certain chronic diseases. Below is a list of the top 10 reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables from the Produce for Better Health Foundation:


Color and Texture – Fruits and veggies add color, texture and appeal to your plate.
• Convenience – Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.
• Fiber – Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.
• Low in Calories – Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories.
• May Reduce Disease Risk – Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.
• Vitamins and Minerals – Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
• Variety – Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety…there’s always something new to try!
• Quick, Natural Snack – Fruits and veggies are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack.
• Fun to Eat! – Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel…some you don’t and some grow right in your own backyard!
• Fruits and Veggies are Nutritious and Delicious!
The obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis, as more than 60 percent of adults and nearly one in every three children are overweight or obese, according to Produce for Better Health Foundation. To make healthy eating much simpler to understand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently replaced the food pyramid with a plate diagram to improve the understanding of proportions of each food group for healthy eating. The new “My Plate” is divided into four different sized quadrants, with fruits and vegetables taking up half of the plate, and grains and protein making up the other half. For more information on the “My Plate” diagram, please click here. 
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