Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

10. Variety – There are so many types of fruits and veggies that you won’t get bored.

9. Color – Fruits and Veggies come in lots of different colors (Think of the green leafy veggies, the purple eggplants, red apples, yellow bananas, orange sweet potatoes).

8. Texture – From crisp apples, crunchy celery to creamy bananas, fruits and veggies come in a variety of textures, and that’s just looking at them raw.  Cook them, and you come up with even more textures.

7. Low Calorie – Leafy greens average about 100 calories per pound and fruits are around 200.  In contrast, nuts average 2800 calories/pound and oils are 4000 calories/pound.

6. Fiber – Fruits and veggies are full of fiber!

5. Anti-oxidants – a fancy way of saying vitamins and minerals.  Fruits and veggies are full of these.

4. Convenient – Fruits and Veggies are the original fast food snacks.  Think cut up carrots, apple slices or blueberries.

3. Fun – Who doesn’t enjoy watermelon pit spitting contests?

2. Disease Prevention – There is mounting scientific evidence that eating more fruits and veggies lowers your risk of cardiovascular diseases and many cancers.

1. Delicious- Fruits and veggies just taste great!

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