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APPLES TO ZUCCHINI: DO THE RIGHT THING

25 Jan

Doctors, nutritionists and our mothers have been on us for a many years to eat our fruits and vegetables. Now, the professionals have gone so far as to say that we can eat as much of the green vegetables as we want. No worries about fat, carbs or calories.  Free ride. There’s actually a lot you can do with the green in a meal.  After all it does include lettuce, spinach and broccoli, to name a few.

The medical community also seems to say that the benefits fruits offer offset any carb worries. Like some vegetables, many fruits have antioxidants.  Medical studies, at institutions such as Harvard, indicate that a healthy serving of  fruits and vegetables seems to lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease and stroke, eradicate or diminish some cancers, and a host of other ailments plaguing our health.   

According to the current dietary guidelines, someone consuming a maintenance diet of 2,000 daily calories should strive for, at least, nine servings of fruits and vegetables.  That equals to about  2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables. Since you can eat as much green as you want, I think it’s a good idea to add some spinach and a salad on top of that for even more of a benefit.

For most of us, the real problem is doing all that “figuring”; especially when you add in the grains, etc. we’re also supposed to get in one day.

Luckily, there’s a site that guides you in everything fruit and vegetable nutrition.   The site, Fruits and Vegetables More Matters, details reasons to eat more,  how to store; meal planning and shopping, buying fruits and vegetables on a budget;  healthy ways to prepare, recipes; and so much more.

Check it out (and bookmark it!) here.  Have an apple or a salad as your review the site.

©2012 DLewis

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Consumer, Tips

 

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