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We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health. What I have noticed is that it is very difficult to get information about which fruits and vegetables are good for combating stress, sleeping better, indigestion, and having more energy. Can someone please tell which specific fruits and vegetables are good for those health issues?

Not one specific fruit or vegetable does each of these effects, but all fruits and vegetable can promote these! Fruits and veggies are full of fiber and water which promotes healthy digestion as well as many other vitamins, minerals, and compounds which are important in the digestion process. Fruits and vegetables also provide your body with many beneficial compounds to promote a healthy mind and body—including even possibly improving your mood! Leading a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced eating pattern (including lots of fruits and veggies) and exercise has also been shown to increase energy and help you sleep better. Therefore, all fruits and vegetables can have these beneficial effects, plus many more! Check out our weekly healthy menu ideas!
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The Expert: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
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