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Why is Eating a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables Important?


Q. Do I get the same nutriant value from eating a salad with mutlable ingrediants or should I eat individual fruits and vegetables in my diet to get the ful lamount of nutriunts ?
A. I’m glad you like salads as well as individual fruits and vegetables. Whatever your choice, either one will provide you a variety of nutrients vital for good health. Variety is important so you consume different nutrients and phytonutrients from day to day.  A simple way to do this is to select different colors of fruits and vegetables.  Eating fruits and veggies in a variety of colors – red, dark green, blue, yellow, purple, white and orange – not only supports a healthy body but keeps taste buds satisfied. Remember all forms matter too – fresh, dried, frozen, canned, and 100% juice!




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