Have you gotten your free copy of the Up, Up, and Away fruit and vegetable handout yet? This next section makes the perfect companion piece.
You see, the first handout showed how to add more fruits and vegetables to your daily eating habits. This next handout will demonstrate why making those shifts is good for your health.
Wouldn't this be perfect for your next presentation, email blast, or wellness booth?
Here's a preview of the handout -- keep scrolling for the printable PDF copy!
Fruits and Veggies:
What is their impact on your health?
According to MyPlate, the USDA’s guide to balanced eating, “Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.”
The drawbacks to not eating a healthy diet are explored by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which assert, “A history of poor eating and physical activity patterns have a cumulative effect and have contributed to significant nutrition- and physical activity-related health challenges that now face the U.S. population.”
Spotlight on Individual Fruits and Vegetables:
Grapes are high in resveratrol, an element that “exerts multifaceted cardioprotective activities” according to the study “Resveratrol: a Cardioprotective Substance.”
A single medium red bell pepper has 74% of your daily value (DV) for vitamin A and 253% DV for vitamin C.
We all know that bananas are high in potassium, but did you also know that they’re loaded with fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6?
Carrots are chock-full of antioxidants! They’ve got beta-carotene, ferulic acid, and cyanidins, among others…
The CDC gives cabbage a fantastic nutrient density score, largely because of its phytonutrient and micronutrient content.
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.