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Eating fruits and vegetables provides many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.
However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
- Only 1 in 3 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
- Only 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
Ways to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake:
- Have a fruit or juice at breakfast daily.
- Have a fruit or vegetable snack each day.
- Stock up on dried, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables.
- Make fruit and vegetables visible in your home.
- Grab an apple, orange, banana, pear, or other piece of portable fruit to eat on the go.
- Snack on raw veggies like baby carrots, pepper strips, broccoli, and celery.
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- made salads from the produce shelf for a quick salad anytime.
- Pile spinach leaves, tomatoes, peppers, and onions on your pizza.
- Add strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and other brightly colored fruits
- fresh, frozen, or canned to your waffles, pancakes, or toast.
- Stash bags of dried fruit in your car and at your desk for a convenient snack.
- Stir fresh or frozen vegetables into stir-fry.
- Jazz up your soups or sauces with a can of kidney beans, peas, corn, or green beans.
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