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What are the top five fruits and vegatables you should have each day?

Fruits and vegetables vary in their nutrition content and potential health benefits. The best recommendation to assure that you are receiving all the health benefits that they have to offer is to consume a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. To see how much you should be consuming each day, click here.

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  1. The top five fruits and vegetables that should be consumed each day should come from a group known as "powerhouse" fruits and veggies. Because you might be eating five fruits and vegetables each day doesn’t mean you are getting the most benefit to your health. Choosing those fruits and veggies that supply the most nutrients, vitamins and fiber can go a long way towards reducing ones risk of chronic disease. In an article published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Nanney gives some suggestions for alternatives to the most commonly consumed fruits and veggies. According to Dr. Nanney, substituting cauliflower for potatoes, red leaf lettuce in the place of iceberg lettuce and carrots instead of corn can go a long way in reducing ones risk of chronic diseases. On the fruit side of things think about picking out strawberries instead of apples or cantaloupes and oranges in place of bananas. Opting for these powerhouse fruits and vegetables instead of the more traditional choices says Dr. Nanney, are the best way to get the most value and power from your choices in the produce department. Ray a.k.a The Produce Picker Host of Produce Picker Podcast

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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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