Health Benefits of Eating a Balanced Diet of
Organic Fruit and Vegetables
Why Eat Fruit and Vegetables?
A growing body of research links diets rich in fruits and
vegetables with reduced risk of stroke,
heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers (e.g., mouth, pharynx,
lung, colon-rectum), and type-2 diabetes.
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may also aid and/or maintain weight loss by
helping to increase
fullness with fewer calories.
There is a significant amount of evidence linking fruits and vegetables with
lower risk of heart disease
and cancer. In fact, in the USA the FDA has approved two health claims related
to fruits and vegetables...
"Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may
contain- dietary fiber and
vitamins A and C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer,"
or "Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in fruits, vegetable,
and grain products that contain
some types of fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease."
In the USA, for people who need 2000 or more daily calories, a minimum of 9 servings of
fruits and vegetables
is recommended each day for healthy eating.
Mix is the Key for Healthy Diet and Healthy
Maximum protection comes from eating a mix of all types of fruit
and vegetable, because each type contains components that reinforce one another.
All the different components are described as 'phytochemicals'.
Eating with the seasons is a great way to ensure you are eating a healthy mix of
different seasonal fruit and vegetables. It’s natures way of giving us the blend
of nutrients we need.
Color is Key to Healthy Food
To glean the benefits from health-protective phytonutrients, eat
a rainbow of colourful fruits and vegetables every day. Researchers continue to
investigate the myriad of phytonutrients in plant foods and the many ways they
may promote health.
For example, red foods like tomatoes and, watermelon, contain lycopene, -a
compound being studied for its role in fighting prostate cancer and heart
Green vegetables, like spinach and kale, contain
lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against age-related eye disease.
Blue/purple foods like blueberries and eggplant contain anthocyanins, and white
foods like cauliflower contain sulforaphane, both of which may help protect the
Eating Healthy Organic Fruit and Vegetables
When eating your
balanced diet of seasonal fruit and vegetables, make sure it is all natural and
Fresh organic produce contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes
and other micro-nutrients than intensively farmed produce. Science says that
it's good for you!
Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified
(GM) food. And by buying organic food, you are registering your mistrust of
GMO's and doing your bit to protest against them