Vegetables and fruits are great for our overall
health. Ever noticed that certain foods look like certain parts of the body? This can be
a clue to some of the nutrition and health benefits fruits and vegetables provide. Next
time you’re in the grocery store, use these clues to help you remember some of the benefits
of these foods for our bodies. Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.
A handful of walnuts provides all of the omega-3s most people need in a day. One of the many benefits of Omega-3s is to
help brain functions such as memory, learning and behavior. They may also help to protect
against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, lutein
and zeaxanthin, nutrients that protect our eyes from damage from aging and the environment.
These nutrients help prevent cataracts and worsening eyesight as we get older.Tomatoes
are rich in a nutrient called lycopene. Some of the possible benefits of lycopene include
helping to lower inflammation and “lousy” LDL cholesterol levels, reducing the risk
of heart disease. Olives are rich in antioxidants such as phenols and vitamin E. These antioxidants
help improve fertility in both men and women and may lower the risk of some cancers, including
ovarian cancer. Selenium is a mineral we need in small amounts for good health. One Brazil
nut provides all of the selenium most people need in a day! Selenium may help prevent prostate
cancer and slow cancer growth, especially in advanced stages of prostate cancer. These
are just a few of the benefits of fruits and vegetables on our health. Choose a variety
of foods to meet your nutrient needs. Have a nutrition question you want answered?
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