So we learned last week that there are some nice indirect benefits to eating more fruits and veggies, like saving money, being a good influence on your kids, and help with quitting smoking. We’ve been told that more fruits and vegetables in your diet will make you healthier. But let’s explore how this works.
6. Fruits & Vegetables Are Full of Antioxidants
Antioxidants eliminate harmful free radicals called “oxidants” that result from the oxidation process. Free radicals are believed to contribute to a host of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Antioxidants may also help to boost the immune system.
7. 9 Servings a Day Ensure the Best Vitamin Consumption
Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, which your body needs to grow and develop normally. Vitamin A helps promote healthy eyes, Vitamin C contributes to brain functioning, Vitamin E helps protect cells from damage, and Vitamin B12 helps make red blood cells. Vitamins and minerals are essential for good health. The more servings you eat, the more variety you eat, the better your chances of consuming enough of all the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for good health.
8. Fruits and Vegetables Are Packed with Fiber; Fiber Is Essential for Good Digestive Health
Dietary fiber comes from all the parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. It passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon, and out of your body, cleaning up your digestive track along the way. So, wait…now I have to track my fiber, intake, too? Nope. Eat your 9 servings a day and your fiber needs will be met.
9. Fruits and Veggies Improve Mental Health
Recent studies have shown a link between level of overall happiness and consumption of fruits and vegetables. There is a link between the more fruits and vegetables consumed, the greater levels of happiness. And, it seems the optimal number is only 7, so 9 servings will make sure your days are brighter.
Well, there are MY 9 reasons to eat 9 a Day. What are your good reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables?
I had a half cup of sliced strawberries with my breakfast this morning. Lunch was 1 1/2 cups of vegetable soup for lunch plus an orange. I had a banana pre-workout. For dinner, a small lettuce and tomato salad and half of an acorn squash stuffed with spiced cous-cous for a yummy, filling Meatless Monday meal. That makes 9!