Fruit and Veggies: More Matter

September- More matters monthThe month of September is Fruit and Veggies: More Matters Month! This month, we encourage you to focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. An easy way to get your fruits and vegetables in is to make sure half your plate is filled with fruits and veggies at every meal you eat. Most Americans do not eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables; in fact, 90 % of adults and children do not eat the recommended amount established in Dietary Guidelines for Americans.[1] AHA Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations advise that individuals consume 4-5 servings of fruits and 4-5 servings of vegetables per day.[2] A serving of vegetables can consist of one cup of raw leafy vegetables, ½ cup of cut-up raw or cooked vegetables, or ½ cup of vegetable juice. An example of a serving of fruit is one medium piece of fruit (about the size of a baseball), ½ cup of raw, frozen, or canned fruit, or ½ cup of fruit juice. [3]

There are a wide variety of fruits and veggies to choose from, and eating a variety of colorful produce is important! Fruits and vegetables are and key part of a healthy diet because they contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, are high in fiber, and low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies in your daily diet can also help to control weight and blood pressure.[4]  AHA has a variety of resources that explain the health benefits of fruits and vegetables and provide suggestions on how to incorporate them into your diet! To see more information, go to http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Fruits-and-Vegetables_UCM_461143_Article.jsp#.V8XHpk0UXIV.

[1] Fruit and Veggies More Matters Month

[2] AHA Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

[3] Suggested Servings from Each Food Group

[4] Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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