Healthy Diet With Vegetables And Fruits.

Healthy Diet with vegetables and
fruits. The importance of fruits and vegetables to
a healthy diet has been known for quite some time, but studies have shown that very few
people eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended for a healthy diet. The revised USDA food pyramid contains five
major food groups grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy, and meat and beans. When choosing foods for a balanced and healthy
diet from these groups, it is important to eat a wide variety of foods from every food
group. Doing so will not only give you a great deal
of variety and keep boredom from setting in, but it will provide the best nutritional balance
as well. In addition to the widely known micronutrients,
such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, etc. all foods contain a variety of macronutrients,
like fats, proteins, fiber and water. Though present in extremely tiny amounts,
micronutrients are vitally important to good health. That is why a healthy, varied diet is so important. In addition to their great taste, fruits and
vegetables are packed full of many essential vitamins and minerals, including many micronutrients
that are not included in packaged vitamin supplements. For instance, foods like butternut squash,
pumpkins, carrots, mangoes, peaches, pawpaws and green leafy vegetables are rich in beta
carotene. Beta carotene is vital for healthy skin and
eyes. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of advantages
besides just their nutritional importance. For one thing, they taste great and add a
great deal of variety to everyday meals. Fruits and vegetables come in such a wide
variety of colors, textures and flavors that they can be used in virtually every meal. Those seeking to maximize their diet should
get into the healthy habit of using fruits in salads, as toppings and as garnishes. There has been a trend lately to add vitamin
fortification to food, and this can sometimes be a good way to maximize nutrition. It is important to remember, however, that
proper nutrition comes from a healthy diet, not from vitamin supplements. Knowing the five major food groups and how
much of each to eat every day is only part of the picture. The other part is choosing the best foods
from within those food groups. That means things like choosing the leanest
cuts of meat, using egg substitutes instead of whole eggs, choosing the freshest fruits
and vegetables, etc. Even with fruits and vegetables, some choices
are better than others. Some fruits, such as avocados, for instance,
are packed with fat and calories. It is important to check the nutritional qualities
of the fruits and vegetables you buy, and not simply assume that all fruits and vegetables
are equally healthy. One way to maximize nutrition while minimizing
cost is to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season. Fruits and vegetables that are in season are
usually quite a bit cheaper than those that must be shipped hundreds or even thousands
of miles, and they are generally much fresher too. Of course, depending on where you live, there
may be varieties of fruits and vegetables that are not available locally, so the northerner
in search of citrus fruits will just have to watch the sales and buy accordingly. In addition to their importance as source
of vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables also provide essential dietary fiber. Adequate fiber in the diet is important in
preventing heart disease and some kinds of cancer. Another great feature of fruits and vegetables,
especially to those watching their weight, is the high nutrition, low fat, low calorie
nature of these foods. Fruits and vegetables contain very low levels
of fats, and a diet low in fat can be quite effective for long term weight loss. In addition, fruits and vegetables contain
no cholesterol, and they are lower in calories than many other types of foods. With all these things going for them, it is
no wonder so many dietary experts recommend eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Whether your goal is to lose weight or just
increase your level of fitness, it is hard to go wrong with a diet rich in healthy fruits
and vegetables. This video for information purposes only. Thank you for watching!