Are Fruits and Vegetables Really So Important?


June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month, so of course, an article about the benefits of fruits and vegetables in your diet seems like a good idea. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can improve your health in a number of ways.

We are not advocating that you give up all meat and become a vegetarian, however, good nutrition will benefit any body especially if they are fighting off disease. And we all know that cancer patients also are encouraged to eat a lot of vegetables (and give up sugar which fuels cancer cells). So, with that being said, let’s look at the benefit of adding more fruit and vegetables to our diets.

The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables is 9-13 servings each day. Most times that is hard to do and especially to get a verity of them, so that's why we recommend Juice Plus+. Backed by independent research studies showing that it boosts our immune system, improves our cardiovascular health, reduces oxidative stress, reduces DNA damage and gives you healthier skin and gums. Juice Plus+ is the most thoroughly researched brand-name nutritional product on the market today!

And of course, a great option is to drink your fruits and vegetables, which is delicious and easy. Make a homemade slushy, mix up some JuicePlus+ or add it to your favorite slushy recipe.

So let’s look at the benefits fruits and vegetables bring:

1. Vitamins

  • Fruits and vegetables are rich in many essential vitamins that help keep the body healthy. For example, potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels, is found in sweet potatoes, carrot juice, cooked greens, beets, bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and orange juice. Surely, there is one in the list you like.
  • Similarly, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe and broccoli are all high in vitamin C, which helps fight disease, heal cuts and wounds, keeps teeth and gums healthy, and aids in iron absorption.
  • Spinach and asparagus are both high in folate which reduces the likelihood that a woman's developing fetus will be born with spinal cord defects.
  • Consuming healthy fats alongside antioxidant-rich vegetables (think red, yellow, orange and deep green colors) helps our bodies absorb more of the free radical-blocking nutrients these bright vegetables contain like lycopene and beta-carotene.
  • Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.

2. Fiber

  • Fruit and vegetables are high in fiber. For example, an apple contains 12% of the daily recommended allowance of fiber, and pears and artichokes both contain 18%. A diet rich in fiber helps lower cholesterol and prevents constipation.
  • Dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps maintain blood cholesterol levels and may also lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as fruits and vegetables also help with maintaining the proper weight since they provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.

3. Weight Control

  • Because fruits and vegetables are often high in fiber they can help contribute to weight loss. High-fiber foods help people feel fuller than foods without fiber or foods high in sugar. For this reason if fruits and vegetables are a large part of a meal or a snack it becomes easier to avoid less desirable snacks and food items.
  • Eating foods such as fruits and vegetables that are lower in calories per cup, instead of some other higher-calorie food, may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
  • Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.

4. Energy Levels

  • Because fruit and vegetables do not contain artificial sugar and are packed with minerals and other nutrients and vitamins, they help maintain energy levels. Foods high in sugar, caffeine or "energy drinks" often result in a sugar-crash because they elevate sugar levels quickly and burn off quickly. Fruit and vegetables provide a more enduring energy level.
  • For foods to give you that much-needed boost, you need to eat the right ones at the right time. There's nothing worse than skipping meals. Your body needs fuel, just like a car. If you don't provide it, your body will break down muscle tissue to generate the fuel you need. And your weight-loss goal should be to increase calorie-burning lean body mass, not lose it.
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables may help you eat less high-fat foods, such as meat, cheese and snack foods. The challenge is to be prepared and to carry healthful snacks with you so you don't go for long periods of time without fuel for your tank. Portable combinations of complex carbs and lean protein -- like low-fat cheese, whole-grain crackers, whole fruit, a handful of nuts, or a low-fat granola bar -- are great munchies for energy. Store them in your purse or briefcase so they're always handy.

5. Disease Prevention

  • According to the Linus Paul Institute a diet rich in fruit and vegetables aids in the prevention of a number of diseases.
  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits may reduce the risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, protect against certain types of cancers.reduce the risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.

The message is clear that we need more of the healthful whole food nutrition of fruits and vegetables in our diets, everyday! If you are looking for an easy way to supplement your diet with more fruits and vegetables check out Juice Plus+ today!