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Health Benefits of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Why eat seasonal fruits and vegetables when you can buy the same frozen or canned foods all year long? What many people don’t know about these packaged goods is that they pack a lot less punch in the vitamin and nutrient department than their fresh counterparts. The best flavor – not to mention the best value – can be found in freshly grown fruits and vegetables that have been proven to enhance health among individuals who eat them regularly.

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables can:

  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Prevent certain types of cancer
  • Reduce risk of stroke
  • Lower risk of vision problems

The nutrients you’ll find in this Spring’s batch of fruits and vegetables can improve the overall health and maintenance of your body when consumed consistently. Almost all fruits and veggies are naturally low in fat and sodium, and none contain the harmful cholesterol that we’re all constantly trying to avoid.

Essential nutrients found in fruits and vegetables include:

  • Vitamin C – helps heal cuts and maintain healthy gums and teeth
  • Vitamin A – helps protect against infections and keep skin and eyes healthy
  • Potassium – helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • Folate (Folic Acid) – helps the body form red blood cells, which is especially beneficial to pregnant women
  • Dietary Fiber – helps the body reduce blood cholesterol which could lower risk of heart disease

Now more than ever we’re realizing the significant impact our lifestyles plays on our overall health – both now and in the future. Eating the right amount of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables is the first step in taking control of your health. Isn’t it worth it?