Choose more fruits
Of all the factors that influence our health — our
environment, our mental state, our stress levels — diet
is perhaps the most important. A balanced diet, which incorporates
all of the four food groups, is essential. Fruits, vegetables
and grains, in particular, not only ensure a healthy diet,
but a healthy lifestyle. If you're thinking about adopting
a more healthful diet, the best place to start is to eat more
fruits, vegetables and grains. A diet high in these foods
is high in fibre and high in nutrients such a Vitamins A,
C and E. Look no further than Canada's
Food Guide to Healthy Eating to help put together a
Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating is designed so you don't have to worry about what to eat each day. Just follow the guide and you'll get what you need. Be sure you do your best to have the recommended 5 - 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
This may seem like a lot but look at this example:
||1 cup (250 mL) of juice
= 2 servings
||1 apple = 1 serving
||2 cups (500 mL) of salad = 2 servings
||1 cup (250 mL) of juice = 2 servings
||1 cup (250 mL) of vegetables = 2 servings
This equals 9 servings of fruits and vegetables and a generous amount of vitamins to help keep you healthy.
The best way to benefit from what nature has packed into fruits and vegetables is simply EAT THEM!
For more information, see the Health Canada Web site on Canada's Food Guide.