A healthy veggie tale

By Marianne McKim
February 15, 2001

You can remember your mother telling you to eat your fruits and vegetables. I hope you listened because she was right and research shows why. Throughout the years of scientific research, scientists have found fantastic facts about the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables. Studies show that frozen produce is as nutritious, in some cases more nutritious, than fresh produce.

According to the government’s recommendation, everyday Americans should consume at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables. Having five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is a diet that is high in fiber and low in fat. Fruits and vegetables are said to help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables are very rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fiber. All of these are proven to be effective in preventing certain cancers. They also help in reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Frozen fruits, vegetables and juices are very easy for consumers to be able to stock up on their favorite items and can be used with any meal or for any snack.

The National Cancer institute and the Produce for Better Health Foundations decided to launch a program called 5 A Day for Better Health. According to the “Eat 5 A Day” website, the purpose of the program is to increase public awareness of the importance of eating five or more servings of fruit and vegetables every day for better health, and to provide consumers with specific information about what people should include into their daily eating rituals.

So make sure you are eating your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. They will help you live a healthier and longer life.

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