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Why are fruits and vegetables important for us?

Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients that we get from nowhere else. These include vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, all of which are needed for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are very low in fat and calories, so are helpful for controlling your weight. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet can reduce the risk of several diseases including stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and perhaps some forms of cancer. You can find out how many fruits and vegetables you should eat every day by clicking here.

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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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