They say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. They were right. But, how many veggies and fruits a day?
It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women eat about 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, where one serving of vegetables is about ½ cup, and one serving of fruit is about a small to medium sized fruit.
Why is it a good idea to include veggies and fruit daily?
- Help you have a healthier weight.
- Boost your immune system.
- Help you have a healthier blood pressure
- Decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Decrease your risk of heart disease
- Decrease your risk of cancer
- The crunching and chewing action of veggies and fruits are great for your teeth.
What nutrients can you get from eating vegetables and fruits, and how does your body benefit?
- Vitamin A for healthy immune system, from eating the food sources: carrots, and cantaloupe
- B vitamins to help you get energy from food, from cauliflower and blackberries
- Vitamin C for a strong immune system, from grapefruit and tomatoes
- Vitamin D to boost absorption of calcium, for strong bones, from mushrooms
- Vitamin E to help with wound healing, from sweet potato and avocado
- Calcium for healthy bones and teeth, from bok choy and dates
- Iron for healthy blood, from dried fruit and beets
- Magnesium for healthy muscles and nerves, from spinach and raspberries
- Potassium, for healthy muscle contraction, from bananas and squash
- Zinc, to help make proteins and DNA, from pomegranates and brussel sprouts
- To help keep you feeling fuller longer
- To help stabilize your blood sugars
- To help decrease your cholesterol
Choose veggies & fruits in your day, to decrease your risk of disease, get more nutrients to help your body work better, and enjoy more of what life has to offer!
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