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Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

By Nkem Egenuka on Wed, 29/03/2017 - 16:10

Fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Therefore, eating  fruits and vegetables everyday can help reduce the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type II diabetes
  • Certain cancers

 Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy and supply the body with the required nutrients. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of obesity, heart attack and stroke.

Fruits

Watermelon: which is especially terrific this time of year, offers a juicy, sweet taste and a high water content, while packing in the antioxidants lycopene, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, and the minerals potassium and magnesium.

Citrus fruits: oranges and grapefruits, provide a significant source of vitamin C, folate, and potassium, as well as fiber. Pink grapefruits are particularly rich in the antioxidant lycopene.

Avocados: are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which may help raise levels of HDL (healthy cholesterol) while lowering LDL ( unhealthy cholesterol).

Grapes: Consuming grapes may reduce the risk of blood clots, and prevent damage to the heart’s blood vessels, aiding in the maintenance of healthy blood pressure.

 

Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables and others like tomatoes, carrot, bell pepper, spinach, okra provides  so many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, folate (folic acid) and vitamins A, E and C.

 

Sources

www.familyeducation.com

www.choosemyplate.gov

www.hsph.harvard.edu

www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

www.globalhealingcenter.com

 

 

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