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Vegetables

Beginning at age nine,  5-6 servings of vegetables each day is recommended for optimal living. You should eat more vegetables than any other food group. Enjoy a range of vegetables daily to reap as many health benefits as possible.

Americans have a love affair with foods filled with fat, salt, and sugar. For some people, eating unhealthy foods is a result of not knowing which ones are good or bad for them. For others, it may be a primary emotional coping mechanism.

But it’s important to remember that no matter the emotion, whether it be stress, anger, boredom, loneliness, or something else, it can’t be filled with food. In fact, a diet high in processed foods and low in vegetables has been associated with depression, whereas a diet high in fresh produce has been linked to an improvement in mental health.

There’s clearly a long list of reasons to add more vegetables into your diet. While some might be obvious — like having an easier time slipping into skinny jeans you bought last year — others, like the emotional aspects, aren’t as intuitive.

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Research consistently shows that people who eat the most vegetables have the lowest risk of many diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

Important source of many nutrients not found in other foods including potassium, fiber, folate and vitamins A & C

Boosts Immunity

Promotes eye & skin health

Aids in healing

Improves sleep

Improves attention and mental focus

Optimizes brain function and mood stabilization

Increases energy

Reduces bloating, constipation & other digestive issues

Low in fat and calories, no cholesterol

Reduces wight gain

Reduces the risk of stroke

Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease

Protects against cancer

Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure

Reduces the risk of neural tube defects

 

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