We are all told that we should be eating five portions of fresh and vegetables daily but how many of us are actually consuming enough? Do we even know why we are told to eat this seemingly high number? We decided that it was about time that we investigated the truth behind the recommended daily dosage and also how to do it without changing your life too much.
Five Reasons to Eat Five
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There are five main reasons why you should be eating more fresh fruit and vegetables:
1. These are tasty foods! The fresh stuff seems to have a pretty bad rap, especially when you put them side by side with fast food. The fact of the matter is that the healthy stuff actually tastes good too. Have you ever enjoyed a handful of fresh strawberries with your glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day? Not only are they refreshing in the heat but they give you a nice healthy sugar boost too.
2. There are so many minerals and vitamins in these colorful foods and they are going to give you a lot more of a health boost than just pretty colors and a good taste. With plenty of potassium, vitamin C and folate in there, your body is going to thank you for it.
3. You need fiber to keep your digestive tract moving along nicely and there is plenty of this stuff in fresh fruit and vegetables. These foods will not only help you to maintain a healthy gut but you will also have less of a chance of suffering with constipation and many other problems with the bowel and digestive system too. There have even been studies that have shown a link between more fruit and vegetables and a reduced risk of getting bowel cancer.
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4. On the same lines as cancer, fruit and vegetables can actually help to lower your chances of getting other potentially fatal conditions too such as other cancers, strokes and heart diseases and conditions.
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5. You need a diet that is both balanced and healthy in order to have a good and long life. Fruit and vegetables, especially when fresh, help you to achieve just that. And when you are healthy on the inside, you will be healthy on the outside too.
When you cook these foods properly (don’t fry them or smother them in other unhealthy foods) or eat them raw, they are incredibly good for you. They tend to be very low in calories and also contain little fat, but they also contain plenty of water, especially in the cases of watermelons and apples, and this gives you even more of a health boost just by itself. When you combine that with the fact that you can reduce the chances of getting diabetes too, you are on to a definite winner!
The more of a variation of vegetables and fruits that you eat; the healthier you will be because you are bringing a whole range of nutrients to the table. A fruit salad, for example, can give you lots of benefits in one small tub. When it could be as simple as that, what have you got to lose?