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Health Benefits

For better health all around…fruits and vegetables deliver the goods!

There’s a treasure trove of nutritional benefits in fruits and vegetables that’s just about the best health insurance you can get. Research is unanimous: for health and overall wellness, these delicious vegetables deliver bushels of benefits… including lower risks of contracting many chronic illnesses.

Fruits and vegetables – natural, versatile, easy to eat – are key food items in any healthy diet. Raw or cooked, fresh or frozen, served in salads or soups – any way you like is the right way to eat your 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Those servings deliver Vitamins A, B6, C, K, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, fibre, water, antioxidants…and more besides! So you can see why, from a scientific standpoint, there’s plenty of evidence that eating fruits and vegetables can:

  • Promote bowel regularity
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease
  • Help control blood glucose levels
  • Reduce the risk of certain types of cancer
  • Promote and help maintain healthy body weight
  • Help strengthen bones 
  • …and add years to our lives!

Fibres for healthier digestion, heart and blood sugar

Fruits and vegetables are among the best possible sources of dietary fibre. They contain important insoluble fibres, which swell with water like a sponge in the intestine to promote healthy, regular bowel activity. Their soluble fibres, on the other hand, form a sort of gel in the digestive tract to eliminate cholesterol, with resulting benefits for the cardiovascular system. Soluble fibres (from sources such as apples, strawberries and Brussels sprouts) also act as a filter in the intestine, slowing the absorption of sugars. Which is why control over blood glucose levels depends on eating an adequate amount of fibre daily.

Colours that fight cancer

Numerous studies show that those eating habits which have a protective effect against cancer consist primarily of foods of vegetable origin. According to the Fonds Mondial de Recherche Contre le Cancer (FMRC), it is probable that non-starchy vegetables (like green vegetables, broccoli and eggplant for example) and fruits have a protective effect against certain cancers. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, studies show that a diet rich in fruit can reduce the risk of contracting certain cancers, including cancer of the stomach, mouth (oral cavity), pharynx, larynx, esophagus and lungs. The therapeutic value of fruits and vegetables is related, among other things, to their bright colours. Colourful eating is healthy eating!

Balance your body weight…with fruits and vegetables

A healthy diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables can help you attain and maintain a healthy body weight. Because they’re rich in fibre but low in calories, fruits and vegetables produce a sense of fullness, which helps to control appetite and weight caused by overeating. Various studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight reduces the likelihood of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and a certain number of cancers. So there are plenty of excellent reasons to feature fruits and vegetables at every meal.

Healthy helpers for better bones

Dairy products and their substitutes aren’t the only foods that matter when it comes to keeping bone tissues healthy. Vegetables contain bicarbonates and other buffering substances which neutralize excess acidity in the body, which can cause loss of minerals in bone tissue and lead to osteoporosis. Fruits and vegetables are also rich in potassium, an element which helps maintain bone mass by preventing loss of calcium into the urine.  
 

Colourful fruits and veggies are great for golden agers too!

Many studies associate longer lifespans with plenty of fruits and vegetables in our daily diet. In fact, there seems to be a link between high fruit and vegetable intake and lower mortality. To maximize our chances of adding more years to our lives – and more life to our later years! – let’s make sure to eat those 5 to 10 fruit and vegetable servings a day, get plenty of exercise and think positive!