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.
Superfoods. They are everywhere. But what’s so super about them? Though there is no legal or medical definition, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack in large doses of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. There is a lot of buzz about certain foods, but the fact is that common and readily available foods contain these powerful qualities, there are just some that seem to buzz more than others. You don’t have to get online and order goji berries from across the world in order to acquire these certain nutrients. Common foods such as garlic and lemon are also super foods. At the core of a balanced diet are foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients while being low in unnecessary fats and sugars. Variety is key to obtaining all nutrients necessary for good health. Each food group contains different combinations of nutrients. So, for example, oranges provide vitamin C but no vitamin B12; cheese provides vitamin B12 but no vitamin C. But often times, items like kale and blueberries get additional hype due to diet fads in the market. They are in fact super foods, but other foods like oranges are just as great. It’s important to eat a balanced and healthy diet and if there is a superfood fad, try it out, fit it into your diet, as long as it’s part of the bigger balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about more information on balancing your diet and eating healthy.