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Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

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Summer is here and the growing season is in full swing. Fruits and vegetables are abundant and available in the stores, from farmers markets, and even our own gardens. Yet, are we consuming enough of them? Results from the 2009 Missouri Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual telephone survey of Missouri adults, show that we are not. Findings show that eighty (80.1) percent of Missouri adults consumed less than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Significantly more males (87.6 percent) than females (73.4 percent) consumed less than five servings per day. There were no significant differences in fruit and vegetable consumption among all income levels.

The amount of fruit and vegetable consumed daily depends on your age, sex and level of activity. In general, the USDA recommendation
for adults is 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2½ to 3 cups of vegetables daily. One serving is approximately ½ cup of most
fruits or vegetables.

Some of the health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables are listed below.

Along with the above mentioned benefits, most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. They are important sources of many nutrients including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and folate.

Tips to Help You Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Now is the time to take advantage of farmers markets. Nothing tastes better than fresh locally grown produce. Go to www.mypyramid.gov and click on the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' link to find a farmers market in your area. More information about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables can be found at www.mypyramid.gov and at www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.

Be Sure to check out Boonville Farmers Market during National Farmers Market Week, August 1-7, located in the Orschelen
Farm and Home parking lot. Their end-of-year festival is scheduled for October 9th.

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