- Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories.
- Fruits have no cholesterol.
- Fruits rich in potassium (like bananas) may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Fruits have dietary fiber, which helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.
- Fruits have vitamin C, which is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
- Fruits have folic acid, which helps the body form red blood cells.
- Fruits taste good!
“We know that just about everybody should be eating more fresh fruit,” said Dr. Wells.
There’s no doubt about it … fruits and vegetables go hand-in-hand with good health. Yet most people don’t come close to the recommendation that half their plate should be fruits and vegetables.
“Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.”
~Centers for Disease Control (CDC)