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Fruits and Vegetables – Getting Enough?

By Janelle Gunn, MPH, RD and Gebra Cuyun Carter, PhD, MPH, RD

Most of us acknowledge that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but why should we do this and is it really that easy? There are many important nutrients in fruits and vegetables that promote health and lower the risk of developing certain chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat, while high in many important vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Replacing a higher calorie snack with a fruit or vegetable may also help in efforts to maintain or lose weight.


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