Based on extensive research, plus numerous studies of healthy indigenous people, most all nutrition scientists agree that we should be getting a lot more fruits and vegetables nutrition. And the Heart Association and Cancer Institute now recommend nine servings a day.
So why all the fuss over fruits and vegetables? Fruits and vegetables nutrition help you to:
- Reduce your stroke risk,
- Lower your blood pressure,
- Decrease risk of heart disease,
- Reduce your risk of certain cancers,
- Lower risk of eye and digestive problems,
- Improve blood sugar and help reduce appetite.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables vs Frozen or Canned
While fresh is always your best choice, supermarket produce is far from fresh picked. The food in stores often spends many days being shipped across country and around the world and then sits for long periods on store shelves. During this time produce loses considerable nutrition.
So start thinking outside the supermarket box. You can often find good bargain prices from local farmers or community co-ops. If you don’t have a co-op nearby, consider starting one.
When good quality fresh produce is not available, canned should be your last choice.
What's wrong with canned fruits and vegetables? The canning process that's used to kill bacteria destroys vitally important vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients. Canned fruits and vegetables are also usually high in unhealthy amounts of salt or sugar – sometimes both.
You’re certainly better off choosing frozen over canned. Often it's even preferable to fresh.
Why? Frozen produce is usually quickly washed and dried, flash frozen and refrigerated within 24 hours of being picked. This helps preserve the fruits and vegetables nutrition. It also dramatically reduces chances of spoiling and is a convenient way to store perishable foods.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables Nutrition
Of course whenever possible, it’s preferable to buy locally grown organic fresh fruits and vegetables that come to you straight from your neighbor's garden. Eating organic produce, picked when ripe, is healthier, more nutritious and best for both you and the environment.
You can even buy organic frozen produce at health food stores. The price is higher, but it’s well worth it. Just make sure the vegetables aren’t swimming in “organic” cheese or cream sauce.
To help you choose, check out the top 10 healthiest fruits list and healthiest vegetables list.
By taking time to plan, you just might be able to schedule more fruits and vegetables nutrition into your diet and your busy lifestyle – maybe even nine servings (about 4˝ cups) a day.
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