Get Smart with Fruits and Vegetables Get Smart with Fruits and Vegetables
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Do any of the following apply to you:
Always on the go? Taking care of kids and your family’s health? Trying to learn more about adding fruits and veggies to your regular schedule? Interested in making and eating healthier meals without breaking the bank.
Why Fruits and Vegetables?
Fruits and vegetables can protect your health. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
Is Fresh the Only Option?
No, not at all. In fact, all types of produce, including frozen, fresh and canned, count. When shopping, choose frozen or canned fruits and veggies without added sugar, syrup, cream sauces, or other ingredients that will add calories.
Looking to Manage Your Weight?
Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy-eating plan. There are many different ways to maintain a healthy weight. Using more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lean meats, nuts, and beans is a safe and healthy one.