Eating fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to maintain good health. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They contain vitamins, phytochemicals, and minerals that can protect your body from diseases like diabetes, cancers, and heart diseases. Ideally, you should consume five kinds of vegetables and two kinds of fruits each day.
Research and studies generally indicate the importance of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. A research study done as part of the Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study included almost 110,000 men and women whose health and dietary habits were followed for fourteen years.
Results indicated that the chances of developing cardiovascular disease may be less for people that have a high intake of fruits and vegetables daily. People with the lowest intake of fruits and vegetables, as little as one and half servings each day, seem to be more prone to strokes and heart attacks.
Different types of vegetables have specific properties that may offer some support for your bodys protection against cancer. These include broccoli, lettuce and other leafy greens, cabbage, onions, garlic, and bok choy (a plant grown for its cluster of edible white stalks with dark green leaves). Some research indicates that tomatoes may be particularly good for men when taken in moderation on a daily basis.
Another important constituent of some vegetables is their level of indigestible fiber content. This fiber, when passing through the digestive system soaks up water and may help to smooth bowel functions, relieve constipation and possibly irritable bowel syndrome.
The bulking and softening action of insoluble fiber inside the intestinal tract may help to some degree to reduce the occurrence or effects of diverticulitis (the formation of tiny, easily irritated pouches inside the colon).
Free radicals present in the atmosphere due to cigarette smoke, sunlight, and air pollution are claimed to be a factor in some instances of serious eye damage.
Consuming dark green leafy vegetables and similar fruits which contain pigments like zeaxanthin and lutein, may help to reduce the levels or effects of the free radicals.
Overall, it seems very importance to include various fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Variety is probably as important as quantity to reap the best benefits for your health.
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