The importance of fruits and vegetables

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The importance of fruits and vegetables

No one can deny the well known fact that there is no single food which can offer all the essential
nutrients that your body needs for being able to do some daily routine activities. Therefore, it is
necessary to consume a wide variety of foods to provide adequate intakes of vitamins, minerals and
dietary fibre, which are so important for health. If you want to make a healthy diet then i

recommend for you to follow these 8 guidelines for a healthy diet :
• Enjoy your food
• Eat a variety of different foods
• Eat the right amount to be a healthy weight
• Eat a lot of foods rich in fibres
• Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
• Don’t eat too many foods that contain a lot of saturated fat.
• Don’t have foods that contain sugar and drinks too much
Whatever the form that you eat , either fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables, all
count. Also, 100% fruit or vegetable juice and pure fruit juice smoothies count. Beans and pulses,
such as baked beans and lentils also contribute to this group. Choose a wide variety and aim to eat at
least 5 different portions a day. Servings of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothies can only count as
one portion per day no matter how much you drink. Beans and pulses (i.e. haricot, kidney, baked,
soya and butter beans, chickpeas and lentils) only count once per day no matter how many different
types you eat. We do not and can not digest cellulose. This is a carbohydrate used by plants to make
their cell walls. It is also called roughage. If you do not eat foods materials which contain fibre you
might end up with problems of the colon and rectum. The muscles of you digestive system mix food
with the digestive juices and push food along the intestines by peristalsis; if there is no fibre in your
diet these movements cannot work properly.

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