Healthy Children - August 2013

 

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Protect against disease
  • Makes us full
  • Contain few calories and little or no fat

 

Choose whole fruit instead of juice

 

Fruits and vegetables help protect us against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease because they are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease fighting compounds called anti-oxidants. The brighter and darker a fruit and vegetable, the more nutrients it contains.

The more colors you eat the better, because each color provides a different nutrient, helping to ensure that you have all the nutrients you need.

Fruits and vegetables are very good to eat when you are trying to lose weight because they contain a lot of water and fiber, which make us feel really full. They also have fewer calories per serving than most other foods.

Fruit juice contains a lot of calories and does not have the fiber that whole fruit does so it does not make us feel full. While it is an easy way to get in a serving of fruit, it is recommended that we only drink 1 serving or 3/4 cup of fruit juice a day.