We hear often about the need for a healthy diet, but the fruit and vegetable nutrition facts below should give you an idea as to why we should eat a healthy balanced diet.
Over the years, and especially as a kid, I’d hear things like eat your greens, they’re good for you or an apple a day keeps the doctors away or eat your carrots otherwise you won’t be able to see in the dark.
I’ll be honest, I always wondered what on earth everyone was talking about! Personally, I preferred the old Mars chocolate bar adverts myself (I’m showing my age now!) . . . A Mars a day helps you work, rest, and play! But I wasn’t allowed to eat chocolate everyday! So why should we eat a healthy balanced diet?
Check out the following fruit and vegetable nutrition facts and figures for some excellent reasons. Not that you need any reasons, right? Fruits and vegetables are wonderfully tasty foods!
A Short List of Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Facts
Fruits and vegetables are low in fat! Need I say more? Fruits like avocado are high in monounsaturated fats, which have good health properties, but as a general rule fruits and vegetables are low in fat.
They contain a large proportion of your daily vitamin and mineral requirement. Without these highly nutritious foods (and without supplementation) you would certainly end up deficient of these vital nutrients. This could cause problems ranging from poor skin and teeth to an impaired immune system.
Fruits and vegetables contain many antioxidants. These protect your tissues from oxidation stress, by moping up free radicals and inhibiting oxidation reactions that create these free radicals. Basically, free radicals can damage your cells (or even kill them) which makes antioxidants one of the good guys! They also contain dietary fibre. Basically, these foods keep your bowels in good working order.
Fruits and vegetables also contain phytochemicals that may have health benefits. There’s still a lot of research to be done on these, so the jury is still out on this one.
A Healthy Balanced Diet
Even though I’ve made a list of fruit and vegetable nutritional facts above, these should make up a part of your healthy balanced diet. You should take a selection of food from all the food groups.
For more information about a healthy balanced diet see the nutrition guide for some ideas. A healthy diet needn’t be boring. In fact, you can create thousands of tasty dishes just from the 5 main food groups.