Eating five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is an important part of a healthy diet. The World Health Organization recommends consuming at least 400g of fruits and vegetables
a day. Fruits and vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals that are important for a well-balanced diet such as potassium, folate, Vitamin C, and fiber. It is important to eat a variety of different forms and colors because they can contain higher or lower amounts of different nutrients, which help to reduce disease risk such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
There are numerous ways to get vegetables and fruit into a daily diet. A few ways are to get them fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and juiced. Some popular ways of consuming the recommended amount are in sauces, soups, salads, 100% juices, or even blended in a smoothie!
Some may find it difficult to include five different fruits or vegetable servings in a day, but there are a few tips and tricks. Try to consume more fruits and vegetables during the first meal of the day. This will help to develop better eating habits throughout the day. Also, use fruits and vegetables as the main ingredient such as spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti noodles. Try to make eating these more exciting by introducing new fruit and vegetables each week with fun, new, different recipes.
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to encourage everyone to Eat 5 a Day