Fruit and Vegetables
What's so good about fruit and vegetables?
Well, nowadays, we cannot get away from the fact that they are extremely good for us, and that eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can lower the risk of and prevent a number of serious illnesses and health problems, such as cancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. We mustn't forget either that the majority of fruit and vegetables contain no unhealthy fats or cholesterol and are very low in calories, all of which will help us to maintain a fantastic figure and prevent us from piling on the pounds.
So what's in our fruit and veg?
Fruit and vegetables are packed full of goodness and often contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals that cannot be found in other types of foods or they may contain higher levels of these nutrients than other foods.
They are made up of water, melons up to 94%, which is also essential for the body and their skin and seeds contain plenty of fibre, which our body needs to help cleanse and rid itself of waste and toxins. Fibre is needed to keep bowel movements regular, lower cholesterol, and prevent constipation, bowel cancer and other illnesses of the bowel and intestine such as diverticulosis.
Different coloured fruits and vegetables contain different minerals, nutrients and antioxidants and therefore it is recommended that we consume a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in order to receive the benefits from the various types. The more colour on your plate, the better for you.
What is 5 A Day?
5 A Day draws attention to the need for, and the benefits of, children and adults getting five portions of fruit and vegetables (80g = 1 portion) every day.
Five reasons to get five portions
- Fruit and vegetables taste delicious and there's so much variety to choose from.
- They're a good source of vitamins and minerals.
- They're an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
- They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
- Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy and balanced diet.
Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. That's why it so important that we get enough of them.
So if you still think that not having fruit and vegetables in your diet is good for you, then you should think again!