Enrich your diet with fruits and vegetables

Enrich your diet with fruits and vegetables

The proliferation of fast food places combined with the fast paced world we live in has made it very convenient for people to get bad quality food on a regular basis. Fast food places can be found at almost every other major intersection  just waiting for people to come in and eat junk food. Yes, the above scenario is truly happening especially in urbanized cities. But look at what they are eating. Obesity may be a way to put it, but malnutrition fits the description more nicely. The slop that people are eating may do more harm than good in their bodies. Most fast foods contain enough fat and salt to sustain an entire week in a healthy person’s diet. The sugar content in very popular super sized sodas is enough to put a diabetic into a coma. Instant meals and foods contain a huge amount of sodium as well as preservatives which serve as precursors for cancer as well as other complications such as heart disease.


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Fruits and vegetables

In light of these scary things, a change in our eating habits is in order. Health institutions and nutritionists are trying to lead with way by providing us with a food pyramid to help guide the masses with quantitative and qualitative food intake.  A great start would be establishing a meal plan based on the food pyramid. Reducing the fats and sweets in the usual diet would eliminate a good ... Next, following the guidance provided by the foot pyramid ... Adding a few additional servings of Fruits and Vegetable would provide the ... of a rejuvenated body over time. Fruits and Vegetables are low in calorie and rich in fiber, therefore .... Most of the essential vitamins and minerals are found in fruits and vegetables. Hidden benefits are gradually resurfacing as food scientists discover the increasing benefits of fruits and vegetables. These benefits include phytochemicals in pineapples and lycopene in tomatoes, which help in fighting cancer. Aside from being delicious, fruits are also nutritious. For instance, did you know that eating a banana a day can do wonders for your body? Bananas are among the richest sources of potassium, a vital trace mineral in the body, which is responsible for nerve impulse and transmission as well as cardiac rhythm. 

They are also a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and mobility of waste products away from your body. Bananas are also very tasty desserts, which makes them more appealing. Fruits in general can be made into great desserts, or even healthy snacks. Choose the fruit that best suits your taste, and experiment with its different preparations for a refreshing way to enjoy your favorite fruit everyday. Vegetables contain many essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E and K, as well as minerals like calcium and phosphorus.

Eating yellow and orange vegetables like carrots can get you plenty of Vitamin A to maintain the clarity of your vision and prevent night blindness. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage have numerous benefits like Vitamin C, which help strengthen the immune system, Vitamin E, which help in skin integrity and serves as an antioxidant, and Vitamin K, which is responsible for the production of blood clotting factors in the body. The infamous broccoli, portrayed by the media as being disliked by children, contains bolus amount of calcium and phosphorus. Imagine what wonders a little piece of plant can do to your body.

For the diet-conscious, skip those fattening snacks and go for fruits and vegetables. Try snacking on water-rich fruits like watermelons. They help make you feel full without the guilt of a truckload of calories. Or how about snacking on a fresh green salad? The high bulk content of vegetables help make you feel fuller longer, thus making you avoid frequent trips to the snack bar.

fruits and vegetables

You will be happy to know that you can eat as much fruits and vegetables as you want since they only contain minimal amounts of calories, fats and cholesterol. With the exception of some varieties such as avocados, which have high fat content, you can achieve your desired weight goal by frequenting fruits and vegetables over meats and sweets. You won’t have a problem with burning off copious amounts of calories like when you eat fatty foods.


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