December Nutrition Update

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If you eat a rainbow every day, it will be like finding the pot of gold at the end.

Did you know that we all should be eating between 9 and 13 servings of fruits and veggies each every day?  By eating fruits and vegetables of a variety of different colors, one can get the best all-around health benefits.  Each different color fruit and vegetables contains unique health components that are essential to our health.

Fruits and vegetables are very important to our health because they are whole foods, created by nature, that are rich in a large amount of nutrients.  The processed foods that we so commonly eat can never compare to the health benefits provided by strawberries or broccoli, which have fiber, vitamins, and enzymes built right in.

Eating plenty of healthy vegetables and fruits helps prevent heart disease and strokes, diverticulitis, control your blood pressure, prevent some types of cancers, and guards against cataract and macular degeneration or vision loss.

The phrase “eating a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables is a simple way of remembering to get as much color variety in your diet as possible, so that you can maximize your intake of a broad range of nutrients.  The colors of fruits and vegetables are a small clue as to what vitamins and nutrients are included.  By getting a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables, you are guaranteed a diverse amount of essential vitamins and minerals.

According to the food pyramid potatoes are not counted as a vegetable, as they are consist mostly of starch and should be consumed sparingly.

The pot of gold of course, is your good health, which is what you will have by following this colorful menu.  Have a healthy December. Any questions call:

Paula Mann, RN
Advocates On Call
4146 8th Court


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