17 December, 2008

Health Tip of the Day

Research shows that eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables protects you against cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and the effects of aging. Experiment with a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Think of the rainbow when putting together a salad or vegetable tray.

A great way to ensure you receive your daily vegetable requirements is to fill your plate 1/2 full with fresh raw vegetables or a salad and eat it before the rest of your meal. For midday snacks, think of apples, oranges and pears rather than cheese and nuts. A one inch cube of cheese can have 100 calories and can be 70% fat, while an apple has about 20 calories, almost no fat and is rich in fiber.

For quality fresh fruits and vegetables select locally grown produce, as they are higher in nutritional content and taste better. To learn more about finding local and organic produce near you, go to Local Harvest.

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