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Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
HEALTHY LIVING- Fall Edition 2008
Our dietary habits are one of the most important influences relative to our health. Most of the leading diseases in our country, such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes have proven to be prevented and/or modifiable with a proper diet. While it is important to limit our intake of fats and sugars, it is also important to increase our intake of foods that contain antioxidants, which are beneficial to human health. Antioxidants are found in plant foods and whole grains. Some foods that are high in antioxidants include apricots, avocados, raspberries, tomatoes, raisins, broccoli, soy, spinach, onions, cherries, corn, carrots, grapes, and many types of tea. Increasing ones intake of fruits and vegetables can directly correlate to a lower risk of cancers and can delay the onset of many age-related diseases.
Unfortunately, a hectic lifestyle can make it easy to skip a meal or grab less than nutritious food on the run. But, a busy day does not have to get in the way of good health. This is why it is so valuable to consume foods high in antioxidants since they keep your energy up and your immune system strong. Moreover, adding fruits and vegetables to your diet can have positive impacts on managing your weight. Seems fitting to affirm the old saying “we are what we eat” is absolutely true.