We should fill half our plate with fruits and vegetables.
We should eat at least five fruits and vegetables every day.
Few children actuallyeat the recommendedamounts of fruits and vegetables daily! Why?
The are the original fast foods• They are convenient—handy size, can be eaten fresh• They can be eaten on the go—grab an apple on your way out the door• They can be prepared quickly—wash and ear, or peel and eat!• They provide quick energy—carbohydrates for our bodies
Fruits and vegetables arenutrient-rich as they have lots ofvitamins and minerals incomparison to calories.
A food that is not nutrient-rich(also called an empty caloriefood) provides calories with veryfew vitamins or minerals.
Different fruits and vegetableshave different types of vitaminsand minerals—eating a variety isvery important.
Some of the most commonnutrients found in fruits andvegetables are fiber, vitamin A,vitamin C, B vitamins, iron,calcium, folate and potassium
The nutrients in fruits andvegetables improve health andreduce risks of many diseases.
Fresh or lightly cooked fruits andvegetables have more nutrientsthan those that are over cooked,frozen or canned.