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Why We Need to Eat Fruits and Vegetables
By Nelson Roque



We all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of our diet, yet most people continue to struggle when it comes to getting the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The National Cancer Institute's campaign to eat at least five servings per day has done nothing to implement this in our doctor's offices or schools.

If you eat one more fruit and one more vegetable each day (this is probably double what you are eating now) I can promise you that your health will improve. You will feel better. You will have more energy, less fatigue, fewer allergies and fewer headaches. Fruits and vegetables provide water, fiber, and lots of nutrients for many different functions in the body.

Eating five servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day is important because deeply hued fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals your body needs to maintain good.


The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are endless, some of the benefits include:

- Lower risk of some cancers
- Healthy memory function
- Healthy urinary tract
- Healthy aging
- Healthy vision
- Healthy heart
- Healthy cholesterol levels
- Healthy immune system
- Strong bones and teeth


Choose the Colors of Health

It's all about color - blue/purple, green, white, yellow/orange, and red - and the power of colorful fruits and vegetables to promote good health. So when you're grocery shopping, planning your meals or dining out, think color.

Blue/purple - Beat the Effects of Aging

Blue/purple fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of health-promoting phytochemicals such as anthocyanins and phenolics, currently being studied for their antioxidant and anti-aging benefits.

Green - Go Green. Go Healthy

Green fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of potent phytochemicals such as lutein and indoles, which interest researchers because of their potential antioxidant, health-promoting benefits.

White - White for Wellness

White, tan, and brown fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of phytochemicals of interest to scientists. These include allicin, found in the onion family.

Yellow/orange - Powerful Antioxidants

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of antioxidants such as vitamin C as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids, two classes of phytochemicals that scientists are studying for their health-promoting potential.

Red - Red-hot and Healthy

The specific phytochemicals in the red group being studied for their health-promoting properties include lycopene and anthocyanins.



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About the Author:

Nelson Roque is a Fitness/Body Mind Weight Loss Mentor who has lost 75 lbs; he is also a sports nutritionist who focuses on total body well-being. For more information please visit the following website for daily inspiration and motivation to get your journey of a healthy active lifestyle started.  If you have any questions, concerns or need help with getting motivated / inspired you may contact me at