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Title : We should eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables Previous topic PreviousNext Next topic

Fruits and vegetables are unique combination of bright colors, high nutrition and low calories. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables have special benefits due to the pigments, which give them their colors. They have been aptly called as functional foods as besides providing nutrients they also provide special disease fighting protective plant pigments called phytochemicals (phyto means plant) which have antioxidant properties. These protect us from chronic degenerative diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cataract, ageing to name a few. These natural foods have enormous therapeutic benefits due to their rich nutritional composition, high fiber and water content. Some of the special nutrients include vitamin C (lost when cooked), vitamin A, B-complex vitamins (partially lost in cooking), folic acid, vitamin E and potassium. The benefits can be altered due to processing and cooking.

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