Fruits and Vegetables
One of the most natural sources of nourishment for your body is fruits and vegetables. You grow them and you pick them. In most cases you go to the supermarket and buy them.
The less middlemen during the distribution process the better. My personal preference is to buy them at a local market store or visit the produce area of a flea market. The fruits sold at these two places are usually bought locally and are fresher.
It would be ideal if we could grow them on our own. However, we live in a world where we are all busy so we leave it up to the farmers who do an excellent job. We always have a supply.
They can be eaten as a snack between meals or even directly before a meal. You can juice them or cook them (veggies). If you can get into the habit of having three to five servings a day then you will be in better health than most people who usually have less than two.
They are a great source of vitamins and minerals and promote a healthy diet. Varying colors contain phytonutrients which contain nutrients from plant material that are beneficial to health. They also provide antioxidants which protect the body from chronic disease.
Why are Fruits and Vegetables Important?
Phytonutrients found in them help in disease prevention. They help in the prevention of four major diseases. Maybe you may have heard of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals which can cause cancer. They could also keep your blood sugar level stable and suppress your appetite so you will not overeat.
Do not forget that variety is the key because different colors contain different nutrients. An apple a day keeps the doctor away as well as a pear, grape, banana, plum and leafy vegetables. Give your body the mix of nutrients that it needs.
Phytonutrients also have a positive effect on the immune system and aid in the prevention of damage to cells throughtout the body. Fruits and vegetables are also made up of water and they can help you feel full so you will not do any unhealthy snacking.
Serving Fruits and Vegetables
Vegetables can be steamed, sauteed or eaten raw. You should stay away from boiling them so that they retain their nutrients. Be careful because too much heat removes much of their nutritional value.
If you do use water to boil your produce you can use the same water when you make your gravy so the nutrients do not go to waste.
You can juice both vegetables and fruits. This way you can help your body absorb all the nutritious vitamin and minerals. You will also be able to consume more and in a shorter period of time. Here is a phrase to apply "Juice and Drink" but don't store because it spoils quickly.
Salads of any sort do well. They are healthy and most people will eat them. Whether as a meal or as a gift to someone they only add to your health.
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