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Tired of Counting Calories? Try For 5 A Day For Weight Loss

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the 5 A Day campaign. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation is to have at least two servings of fruit and three of vegetables every day. Here are some good reasons you should focus on including at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet:

  1. Fruits and vegetables contain tons of nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin C, folic acid, beta-carotene and potassium to name a few.
  2. Fruits and vegetables are high in water content, thus low in calories.
  3. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber (soluble and insoluble). What does that mean? Fiber helps keep you feeling full and maintains bowel regularity.
  4. They can help stave off chronic diseases including some cancers and heart disease.
  5. They can be absolutely delicious. Fruits and vegetables can really be satisfying and delectable to the palate either eaten straight from the earth, or prepared with a little culinary artistry.

So, what counts as a serving? One cup of raw, 1/2 cup of cooked, or 1/4 cup of dried fruits or vegetables each typically counts as one serving.

Fitness Tip:  Focus on your 5 A Day goal. You will find it harder to fit unhealthy foods into your day when you require yourself to eat your fruits and veggies.

For recipes and more information on how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet visit http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.

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