September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month
More than 90% of adults and children do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Just remember two things to help get what you need: 1) fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at every eating occasion (including snacks); 2) All forms of fruits and vegetables—fresh, frozen, canned, dried, or 100% juice—count toward your daily intake.
Here are more good reasons to eat fruits and veggies:
- May help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
- Add texture and color to your plate; remember, we eat first with our eyes.
- Are nutritious in almost any form—fresh, frozen, dried—so they are ready when you are.
- Provide fiber to help fill you up and keep your digestive system happy.
- Are naturally low in calories.
- Often contain a lot of water, so they can help keep you hydrated.
- Have an abundance of vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
- Can be grown in containers and in your own backyard.
- Are available in almost infinite varieties—there is always something new to try.
- Are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack.
- Can be crunchy, juicy, sweet, and tart; there is a flavor for every taste bud.
Tips courtesy of Fruits and Veggies More Matters[i]