We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is great for your health and excellent for your diet, but do you know how many you should really be eating?
People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.
That said, most people are still lacking the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they should actually be eating. Did you know,
- Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
- Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
Not only can you make a difference by adding them into your diet, but you can also help spread the word to others by encouraging your friends, families and communities to start eating healthy. Ever considered joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to work with local farmers and get fruit and veggies in your area that are in season, or growing veggies and herbs in your own garden? You don’t need a lot of space, and can even grow them in pots in the winter when the weather is cooler. You can also encourage your family members to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit or carrot sticks within easy reach. And last, consider making recommendations to your local restaurants, stores, and other businesses to provide quality foods made with fresh fruits and vegetables.
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