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Wed August 28, 2013

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.

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 or frozen.
  • Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps you fill 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. They 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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