September is National Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month. 90% of Americans do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended. There are many benefits to trying to include more in your diet including:
- Increase variety and flavor to you diet
- High in vitamins and minerals
- High in fiber
- May reduce diseases including heart diseases and some cancers
- Easy to prepare
Try to consistently fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. Also, try to include them with your snacks. All forms of fruits and vegetables count toward your daily intake including fresh, frozen, dried, and canned. Consider trying a new fruit or vegetable to your diet each week.
Dr. Matthew Peters, MD