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Eat Your 5 to 9 Colors Each Day

Why Should You Eat Fruits and Vegetables Every Day?

Scientific research shows that eating fruits and vegetables every day reduces the risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Vitamin deficiencies

One of the wonderful things that happens when you eat fruits and
vegetables every day is the consumption of the beneficial chemicals
they contain. These include:

  • the vitamins and minerals (plant-based)
  • Antioxidants
  • Phytochemicals (the darker the color, the better disease-fighting and protective effects)
  • Fiber (soluble and insoluble)

What Are These Beneficial Chemicals Found in Fruits and Vegetables?

  • Vitamins (including C, A, K, Folic Acid)
  • Minerals (including Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium)
  • Antioxidants (helps reduce and prevent oxidative stress and free radical formation)
  • Phytonutrients or Phytochemicals (Carotenes, Lycopenes, Anthrocyanins, Limonoids and Flavones)
  • Fiber
    • Insoluble (roughage-the incredible stuff that gives bulk to the diet)
    • Soluble (digestible, acts as a prebiotic and helps remove LDL-Cholesterol, bile acids and sugars)