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Why Should I Eat More Fruits and Vegetables?

Vary Your Veggies: Fill your plate with vegetables that are red, orange, or dark green. They taste great and are full of vitamins and minerals.

It’s easy to eat more vegetables! Eating vegetables is important because they provide vitamins and minerals and most are low in calories. Discover the many benefits of adding vegetables and fruits to your meals. They are low in fat and calories while providing fiber and other key nutrients. Most Americans should eat more than 3 cups—and for some, up to 6 cups—of vegetables and fruits each day. Vegetables and fruits don’t just add nutrition to meals. They can also add color, flavor, and texture. Explore these creative ways to bring healthy foods to your table.

Focus on Fruits: Eating fruit gives you important nutrients. Most are high in fiber and low in fat, sodium, and calories.

Eating fruit provides health benefits. People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as a part of the Fruit Group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.

They learn from watching you. Eat more fruits and vegetables and your kids will too!

Be a healthy role model for children. You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life. Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. They will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods. When children develop a taste for many types of foods, it’s easier to plan family meals. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time!

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