Reasons Why Your Parents Made You Eat Fruits and Vegetables

March 30, 2015

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Reasons to Eat Fruits and Vegetables Blog Post from Italy
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Fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic diseases! 

Throughout your childhood did you parents not let you leave the table until you finished your plate of green peas?  Well as we all know our parents want the best for us and by making sure we ate all of our vegetables, they were actually helping us in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases. 

Fruits and vegetables are crucial for healthy maintenance of our body.  These super foods provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other valuable substances that benefit our health.  They are also very low in fat, calories, and contain no cholesterol; all very important factors that contribute to maintain a healthy weight. 

Research has shown that eating a plentiful amount of fruits and vegetables can help ward off stroke, heart disease, control blood pressure, and aid in preventing some types of cancers.

So how much should we be eating daily to prevent these chronic diseases from occurring? 

  • Depending on your activity level, men should consume at least 3 cups of vegetables per day and 2 cups of fruit per day. 
  • Women should consume about 2 ½ cups of day and 2 cups of fruit per day. 

The key message ChooseMyplate.gov suggests is to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.  This is great way measuring tool to make sure you are consuming the adequate amount of fruits and vegetables.

Eating all your fruits and vegetables is not hard to do.  Spice up and season your fruits and vegetables with some garlic, lemon or pepper. Roast them in the oven are grill them on a pan; there are endless opportunities  for delicious fruits and vegetables!   

Currently studying in Florence, Italy, I live for the fresh fruit and vegetables.  The fruits and vegetables in Italy are brought in fresh every day to the markets and do not contain any preservatives.  Food is very important to the Italians; it’s an important aspect to their way of life. 

To continue having their delicious cuisines be fresh, Italians shop at the market at least 3-4 times a week for fruits and vegetables.  They do not buy things in bulk amounts (like I would do back at school so I could survive for weeks).  The Italians buy the food they need for a few days and then when they run out, they go back out shopping again.  They really value their quality of food. 

Trying to immerse myself in the culture, I do the same thing as the Italians and go to the market (which I love doing) several times a week.  I hope to bring back this appreciation of food back home to the United States.  

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