The importance of a good variety of fruits and vegetables to healthy living cannot be overemphasized. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that we all eat a minimum of 400g of fruits and vegetables daily, equating to five portions. This recommended amount helps reduce the risk of serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The list below highlights some key nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables
- They are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin c, potassium and folate.
- They provide dietary fibre, helping to maintain a healthy digestive system and lower the risk of bowel and some other cancers.
- Often low in fat, they help to maintain a healthy weight.
It is advisable to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables to gain the most from your 5 a day, because different types have different nutritional benefits.
The BC Garden Café serves a wonderful array of nourishing, healthy and absolutely delicious salads. Please log on to www.bcgardencafe.com/menu to order and check out our appetising menu.
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