Fruits and Vegetables: They’re Your Best Friends!
Fruit and vegetables are your best friends. Fruit and vegetables provide you with all the essential nutrients you need to stay alive. If they weren’t there, life would be very difficult indeed. You’d have no energy, no strength, no stamina or even enough food to survive a few days without them.
So why not eat fruits and vegetables?
The reason is simple: it’s good for us!
A fruit is any edible plant that grows from seeds. Most fruits contain at least one nutrient (such as vitamins) which are needed by humans. A vegetable is any herbaceous plant that doesn’t grow from seeds. Some examples include beans, peas, corn, tomatoes and potatoes.
These plants do not contain many nutrients but they do contain fiber and water so you get the idea!
What Is Fiber?
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in plant foods. It helps regulate bowel movements and keeps our digestive systems working properly. When we eat too much fiber, it slows down the absorption of other nutrients into our bodies. Too little fiber can cause constipation and diarrhea!
How Much Fiber Do I Need?
The amount of fiber you need depends on how much you weigh and what kind of diet you follow. Most people need around 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day. A good way to get this is by eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables which all contain some amount of fiber.
What Happens If I Don’t Get Enough Fiber?
If you don’t get enough fiber in your diet, you could suffer from constipation or even colon cancer. Try to eat more bran cereal, oatmeal, beans, peas and fruit to increase your fiber intake.
Vitamins And Minerals
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of all the essential B-complex vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin) and B9 (folic acid). These vitamins are important for the healthy functioning of all your organs, especially your heart and nervous system.
They also contain a good supply of minerals such as potassium, iron, magnesium, sodium, copper, calcium, phosphorus and chromium which are vital for your body’s health.
You should try to eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day to keep yourself fit and healthy!
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