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Get Ready for Fruits & Veggies More Matters Month!

September is Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month! To help you look your very best, right now, I want to offer you a sneak peek at the fantastic handout that accompanies the bestselling Real Food Grows poster. It might be just the thing you need to prepare for next month's theme. Take a look...

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Get Ready for Fruits & Veggies More Matters Month!

September is Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month! To help you look your very best, right now, I want to offer you a sneak peek at the fantastic handout that accompanies the bestselling Real Food Grows poster. It might be just the thing you need to prepare for next month's theme. Take a look...

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most Americans do not consume enough potassium, calcium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber. Make sure you’re not one of that crowd by eating plenty of fresh, whole foods.

Choose Fresh, Lose Sodium

Canned and frozen vegetables are often full of sodium. For example, a can of mushrooms contains 1,200 milligrams of sodium. Since the Dietary Guidelines for Americans insist that almost half of all Americans should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, that single can of mushrooms could use up almost their entire daily dose. A package of fresh and sliced mushrooms, on the other hand, contains only 210 milligrams of sodium.

It’s not just mushrooms that pack a ton of sodium when canned. Canned tomato sauce often has over 1,500 milligrams of sodium per cup, and a bag of frozen teriyaki veggies packs 1,000 milligrams of sodium into a single package!

Choose fresh vegetables. They are packed with nutrients, and they skip the added sodium. If you do choose canned varieties, be sure to get them with no added salt. If you have to get frozen veggies, skip the sauce packet.

Blueberry Melon CupSteer Clear of Added Sugars

Great, so choosing fresh veggies is beginning to make nutritional sense. But what about fruit? Well, fresh fruit is free of most added sugars — unlike many frozen or canned varieties. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, added sugars are being consumed far too often and in way too large amounts to be healthful. They assert, “Reducing the consumption […] of added sugars will lower the calorie content of the diet, without compromising its nutrient adequacy.”

So what do added sugars have to do with choosing fresh fruit more often than canned or frozen options? It turns out that quite a bit of added sugars can sneak into the latter elements. For example, one cup of sliced peaches in heavy syrup is loaded with 46 grams of sugar. An actual peach has only 13 grams of sugar.

Fruit-flavored products also can be misleading. They sound healthful, but often contain very little real fruit. Only 2% of the ingredients in Blueberry Eggo Waffles, for example, are blueberries. There’s far more sugar than fruit in those waffles.

The Bottom Line:

Real food grows. When it comes to choosing fruits and vegetables, pick whole, fresh options more often than frozen or canned varieties. These fresh foods are more nutrient-dense and pave the way to a more complete nutritional profile.

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Fruit Veggies More Matters Handout

If you're a member, then don't miss other great Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month resources! Creative Presentations: New Twist for a Vegetable Platter offers another fantastic handout, this time excerpted from the Home Run Meals Cookbook. It's perfect for cooking demonstrations, emails/newsletters, and health fair booths. Check it out!

Raw Vegetable Platter Handout

There are even more Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month resources in the Nutrition Education Store. Which ones will be most useful for you?

I Heart Fruit and Veggies Poster

Fruit and Vegetable Wellness Challenge Kit

Fabulous Fruits and Veggies Poster

Fruit and Vegetable Mylar Balloon Set


Creative Presentations: New Twist for a Vegetable Platter Premium Content

Here’s a great way to freshen up your vegetable platter game — a new twist on a classic appetizer. This recipe would make a great cooking demonstration or element of your next wellness fair both. How will you use it?

Sweeteners: A Chef’s Perspective

The sweetener series continues this week with a guide to sweetening foods safely and healthfully. I figured it was time to weigh in on the discussion from a chef’s perspective, so today’s post is all about making delicious drinks and yogurt snacks with fewer added sugars…

Natural Sweeteners: A Closer Look Premium Content

After the sweetener chart went live, many of you wrote to ask about a non-chemical approach to sweetening foods and drinks. Today I have some answers for you, with a closer look at natural sweeteners…

Cut Down on Sugar: A Strategy Guide

Are you looking for new ways to help your clients reduce their added sugar intake? Thanks to some reader requests, there’s now a free handout and strategy guide that offer great tips for cutting back on added sugars…

More Ways to Reduce Sugar Consumption Premium Content

The sweetener information celebration continues with a few more strategies for reducing the added sugars in your life! Share this article and handout with your clients and let me know what you think…

GMOs: A Health Distractor?

Do your clients ever ask you about GMOs? This hot-button issue has been dominating the media lately, and after chatting with one of our readers, I thought it was high time to make a handout that featured the facts.

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