Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | June 1, 2012

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month!

As if we needed another reason to get our daily dose of fruits and veggies, the month of June is here to celebrate the bounty of nutrition these food groups bring to the table and serves to promote healthy eating! Individuals can use this month to learn more about the benefits of these foods through the many resources available on the Web and discover new ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into one’s diet. So, why fruits and vegetables? Well…

  • Adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables has been linked to stronger immune functioning. These types of foods are considered to be nutrient-rich and include essentials like antioxidants, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, B-vitamins, folate, and much more.
  • Healthy, nutrient-rich diets have also been associated with reduced risk for certain cancers, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
  • Fruits and vegetables contain protein, which is essential for the body to repair itself. Good sources include bananas, avocados, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, corn and legumes.
  • Certain nutrients within these food groups are important for things like fetal development, eye and skin health, and even staving off gum disease. For more information on essential nutrients and which foods contain them, visit the Fruit & Vegetable Benefits page on the Fruits & Veggies Matter website:  http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/benefits/nutrient_guide.htm.
  • Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy!

 There is a wealth of resources available online on nutrient information, how to eat healthier, how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, and eating healthy on a budget. A variety of informative resources can be found at the Publications page of the Fruits & Veggies Matter website: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/publications/index.html.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. http://www.eatright.org/.

-Fruits & Veggies Matter. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/index.html

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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