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Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables — Fresh, Frozen, or Canned

Image of fruits and vegetables in a bowlThere are so many benefits to eating fruits and vegetables. They are low in calories, and provide vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy and fiber to keep you full. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may also decrease your chance of getting high blood pressure, cancer and other diseases.

For best health, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Choose a variety of colors and types for an appealing meal and the most benefits. There are many fruits and vegetables that are quick and easy to prepare. Fresh, frozen, or canned are all good choices.

Fresh fruits and vegetables usually cost less (and taste better) when they are in season. To find out what is in season, visit Fruits & Veggies—More Matters. Oranges, apples, carrots, bananas, and many others are quick and easy to prepare.

Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables are also a good low-cost choice. They are usually ready to eat or cook, and you can get a lot more variety throughout the year. Since most canned and frozen vegetables are packed just after they are picked, they are often just as nutritious as fresh. To limit sugar, buy canned fruits packed in water or juice rather than syrup. Look for frozen fruits with no added sugar. To limit salt, choose low sodium canned vegetables. Also, draining and rinsing the vegetables will cut the sodium almost in half.

Choose any fruits or vegetables that you enjoy and know that you are doing a good thing for your health. Try different types and new recipes to see what you and your family like. For recipe ideas, visit Fruits & Veggies—More Matters.