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What are the consequences of not eating any fruits and vegetables? If it just has to do with vitamins, would supplementation suffice? My friend refuses to eat any…

The body relies on the beneficial compounds (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc) provided through the diet to function optimally. Many of the beneficial compounds the body requires are provided by fruits and vegetables. Therefore, not eating fruits and vegetables may have many adverse effects. These include increasing your risk of many diseases, cancers and becoming obese. Supplements have been shown to not be as effective at decreasing the risk for many diseases or disorders when compared to actually eating fruits and vegetables. Therefore, it is very important to eat your recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day! Try our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy many fruits and vegetables to provide your friend with new ways to prepare fruits and vegetables!
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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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