The Fruits and Veggies Matter Program, sponsored by the CDC and the Produce for Better Health Foundation, is a national initiative to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by all Americans to 5 to 9 servings a day. Fruits and vegetables should be the foundation of a healthy diet. Most people need to double the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat every day. Any fruit or vegetable--frozen, fresh, canned, dried fruit, or juice--counts toward a serving.
Eating 5 to 9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in certain fruits and vegetables are showing promising results towards preventing free radicals or cancer-causing agents from damaging cells.
Ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet include the following:
Nutrition tip: At your next visit to the grocery store, reach for apples and carrots for snacks instead of cookies and chips. For more convenience, choose precut or individually packaged fruits and vegetables such as raw baby carrots, fruit cups, small boxes of raisins, or bagged salads.
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