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Eating Healthy Fruits and Vegetables - 5 a Day

Multiple studies show that eating healthy fruits and vegetables (at least 5 a day) can slow down aging and significantly reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and much more.

Wow! What an easy way to get healthy and stay healthy!

Yes. BUT (and it's a big "BUT") scientists are NOT referring to eating two bananas and three orders of French fries. They're talking about brightly colored yellow, orange and red fruit (at least 2-4 a day), plus colorful and dark green leafy vegetables (3-5 servings – the more the better!)

What are the Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables?

Although most produce is low in fat and calories, fruits and vegetables are NOT created equal.

The healthiest, most nutrient-dense varieties are richer in fiber and the antioxidant vitamin and mineral phytonutrients that people need to stay well and look and feel their absolute best.

Although all berries are excellent sources of carotenoid and flavonoid antioxidant protection, organic berries are especially high on the healthiest fruit list. Cantaloupe, oranges, pink grapefruit, papaya, peaches, pineapple, kiwi, plums and red grapes are also excellent choices.

Bananas, the most popular, although high in potassium, offer very few antioxidants.

Excellent choices from the healthiest vegetables list include the dark green leafy varieties that are rich in carotenoid and cruciferous phytonutrients. These include spinach, kale, Swiss chard and romaine lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cauliflower and cabbage.

Other very healthy choices are tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, beans, garlic and onions.

And even though the popular corn and white potatoes, just like bananas, offer some nutritional food value, they’re very high in calories and also low in antioxidant phytonutrients.

How to Choose the Healthiest Fruits and Vegetables

To get and stay healthy you need the benefits of antioxidants. Here are some healthy examples:If you think it might be difficult to get your 5 to 9 servings a day, or you want to make sure you're building your immune system and maintaining optimum immune power protection, it only makes good sense to take high quality nutritional antioxidant supplements rich in phytonutrients.

However you do it, fruit and vegetable nutrition can help protect you and your loved ones from:So make sure you’re eating your 5 to 9 healthy fruits and vegetables every single day or getting all the important fruit and vegetable nutrients from high quality nutritional health supplements.

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