Importance of Fruit in Diet
While there are so many reasons to include these nutritional powerhouses into your daily diet, (starting with the idea that they’re so accessible and portable), here are a few other reasons worth mentioning.
As a nation, we’re heavier than ever.
The rise in obesity is at an all time high and it’s largely the result of being overfed and undernourished coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. Instead of choosing low calorie, low fat and high quality foods, many of us are eating nutrient void, calorically dense “sub-foods” which are loaded with fat, sugar, calories and chemicals. These foods do little to fuel and support us while causing us to gain weight at rapid speed. What’s the solution? A whole foods, plant based, nutrient rich diet with quality protein sources as well.
Fruits and vegetables also protect your health.
These healthy foods contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help protect you from chronic diseases, which can be painful, debilitating and even fatal in some cases. Fruits and vegetables have been shown to help protect against heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer, gastrointestinal issues, high blood pressure, eye disease and more.
Eating fruit and vegetables boosts your immune system.
Your immune system is like an internal army. When it’s strong, it protects its border against invasion. When it’s weak it’s as if the army is fast asleep. A weakened immune system increases the incidence of virus and bacterial invasion, issues such as skin disorders, delayed wound healing, upper respiratory infections, aging and chronic illness. Eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet is an important key to help boost immune health.
Fruits and vegetables keep your full for longer.
The fiber coming from many fruits and vegetables helps to fill us up without the filling us out. Also, we want to see a plate that’s full and when it’s filled with unhealthy choices, the calories add up quickly. Adding bulk to our plate in the form of a salad, cooked vegetables and more gives us the satisfaction of having more and feeling satisfied without the downside of eating too much of foods that don’t provide us with the nutrients we need.
Fruit and vegetables: their importance in the American diet.: An article from: Frozen Food Digest
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As to your final question2007-12-03 10:28:47 by micaria
My choice was always about minimizing pain.
I think that the idea that we're designed to eat a primarily vegetable diet has merit, however, I do think that some people can a do thrive and gain an evolutionary advantage. Some people gain a similar advantage not eating meat.
One more thing, and then I'll shut up:
Our closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee, eats a diet over 60% in fruit, ~20% leaves, and the rest in nuts or meat.
As they too are omnivores, it seems likely that our common ancestors were also. However, you can see the importance of high vegetable matter in their diet, making up nearly 80%.
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