A recent study in Brazil says yes. The study was published in Nutrition Research, Issue 28, 2008. Over a six month study period they found that increasing the fruit, vegetable and fibre content of the diet resulted in greater weight loss than the control group. They also found that an increase in intake of vitamins C and B6, B-carotene and folate were also associated with weight loss.
- heart disease
- improve vascular function
- promote weight loss
- improve blood pressure
- reduce risk of diabetes
Statistics published in a British medical journal, The Lancet, show that eating 3 -5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day give an 11% reduction in the risk of stroke over people who eat less than three servings. Those who eat more than 5 servings per day have a 26% reduction.
Undoubtedly there are other benefits than those I have just listed. Although, even if that were all, it would be enough to take notice and think about how much fruit and vegetables we really eat.
Feel like a snack? Have a bowl of fruit handy.
- Keep fruit and vegetables where you can see them easily.
- Use frozen vegetables and precut, prewashed fresh produce if it makes it easier.
- Experiment with sauces, dressings, spice blends and nuts to go with them.
- Try fruit smoothies, juice, banana or fresh fruit in cereals for breakfast.
- Add vegetables to casseroles and soups.
- Drink vegetable juices
- Create salads. Use tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, and other brightly coloured vegetables to go with the leafy greens.
- Berries, fresh or frozen are a great dessert.
Eat you way to good health