Good for you?
The health benefits from eating vegetables and fruits cannot be denied. Everybody’s on the bandwagon from famous celebrities to the USDA. Since we make our living from them we figured we better hop on too. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent some types of cancer, avoid diverticulitis, and also guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss. That’s a pretty impressive list, but how many total servings a day of fruits and vegetables should you consume? The latest USDA dietary guidelines call for 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. For a person that needs 2000 calories a day to maintain weight and health, this equates to nine servings or 4 ½ cups per day. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables supply other benefits as well. Vegetables are a food that is low in calories per cup and eating them as opposed to other high calorie food would surely be helpful in any weight loss program. There is evidence that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may reduce risk for Type 2 diabetes. There is also evidence that eating vegetables that are rich in potassium may help decrease bone loss and help reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.
The good news is that eating vegetables are good for your health, the bad news is that most Americans do not eat enough of them. Of course, that includes our children. So, we have a few tips that might help you in feeding your kids more vegetables:
- Use variety in your menu planning. Use different types of vegetables in a variety of dishes. For recipe ideas, click here.
- Raw, leafy vegetables are important, but so are cooked vegetables. Many cooked vegetables supply vitamins and nutrients that many fresh vegetables do not. A good ratio to use is 50% each.
- Kids will eat more vegetables if parents are good models and eat more themselves.
- Incorporate vegetables into the entrees. For recipe ideas click here.
Fresh Versus Frozen
Years of scientific research has produced the cold hard facts about the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables. Studies consistently reveal that frozen produce is as nutritious, and in some cases even more nutritious, than fresh produce. This is important information for consumers seeking a convenient and great tasting way to lead a healthy lifestyle.
- The Food and Drug Administration has concluded that the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetables are the same or better than raw counterparts.
- University of Illinois Research Study: A study conducted by Dr. Barbara Klein, a professor of food and nutrition at the University of Illinois, revealed that frozen vegetables can have equal, or higher, nutritional value as fresh vegetables.
- The Mount Sinai Journal School of Medicine Complete Book of Nutrition states that fresh produce that sits unused in the refrigerator for too long will lose taste and nutrition.
We hope this has been an illuminating and informative page on how great vegetables are for your health, and we would hope that you would keep the Fresh Frozen brand in mind when it comes to your food purchases. If you would like to do further reading on the subject, the links below may be of interest.