Eat your Fruits and Veggies!
By Lt. Col. Anita Compagnone, Medical Group, 104th Fighter Wing
/ Published March 13, 2010
Barnes Air National Guard Base, 104 Fighter Wing - Westfield, Mass --
Almost Everyone Needs to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables!
A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. To get the amount that's recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat every day.
Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what's inside. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases.
To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly.
For more tips on finding easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns please go to http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/index.htm