Why Eat Fruit and Vegetables?
A growing body of research links diets rich in fruits and vegetables with reduced risk of stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may also aid and/or maintain weight loss by helping to increase fullness with fewer calories.
There is a significant amount of evidence linking fruits and vegetables with lower risk of heart disease. The USA the FDA say that, 'diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetable, and grain products that contain some types of fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease.'
Health benefits come from eating varying types of fruits and vegetables comprised of multiple vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating with the seasons is a great way to ensure you are eating a healthy mix of different seasonal fruit and vegetables. It’s natures way of giving us the blend of nutrients we need.
To reap the benefits from health-protective phytochemicals or antioxidants, it is important to consume a rainbow of colourful fruits and vegetables every day.
For example, red foods like tomatoes contain lycopene, a potent antioxidant that is important for fighting free radicals.
Green vegetables, like spinach and kale, contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against age-related eye disease such as macular degeneration.
Blue/purple foods like blueberries and eggplant contain anthocyanins, which has been linked to longevity and cardiovascular health.
When eating a balanced diet of seasonal fruit and vegetables, make sure it is all natural and organic. Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified (GM) food.
We recommend Harris Farm Markets for all your fresh fruit and vegetables.