- Author: Patti C. Wooten Swanson
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
That’s the latest advice from USDA nutrition experts.
Why do I like this approach to healthy eating?
• It’s visual. A quick look at my plate tells me how well I am doing and I get positive feedback at every meal.
• It’s tasty and satisfying. Unlike diets that focus on limiting what I eat, this is a green light to fill up with foods that leave me full and satisfied after a meal.
What’s in it for me?
1. Fewer calories
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories (if prepared without added fats or sugar)
Cinnamon roll or fruit plate: Compare the calories: See how many fruits and vegetables you can eat in place of just one cinnamon roll.
2. Important nutrients
Fruits and vegetables are good sources nutrients that we all need, such as magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, and Vitamins A, C, and K.
3. Reduced risk of some chronic diseases
Eating at least 2 ½ cups of vegetables and fruits a day is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. Some fruits and vegetables may protect against certain types of cancer.
Now that’s news we can use---starting at dinnertime tonight.
Learn how you can save money when buying fruits and vegetables.