Mon September 10, 2012
DUPAGE COUNTY-September is "Fruit and Veggies-More Matters Month," and the DuPage County Health Department reminds County residents that farm produce is plentiful this time of year so they can stock up on fruits and vegetables.
Looking for a healthy future? The Health Department recommends eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. The potential benefits associated with eating more fruits and vegetables stack up quickly: Reducing your risk of certain chronic diseases is only the beginning.
Here are some of the many reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables:
· 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 percent juice.
· Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keep your digestive system happy.
· Low in calories. Fruits and veggies 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. Many varieties of fruits and veggies are available so there is 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 and some even grow right in your own backyard.
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