Health & Nutrition
Because of their health benefits, flavor and overall appeal, strawberries
add vibrant color to almost any kind of salad. Not only that, they can add depth and
sweetness to enhance more traditional salad dressings.
When it comes to fruits and veggies, some rank higher than others when it comes to nutrient content. Find out what defines a true “superfruit” and why strawberries are highly recommended by health professionals as part of a healthy diet.
Why is it important to eat fruit?
According to the USDA, people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits are known to provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of the body. The latest nutrition research found that eating eight California strawberries a day may improve memory and reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
A new initiative called MyPlate, created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the latest effort to help consumers make healthier choices that are consistent with the USDA dietary guidelines. The logo is a plate, divided into four parts, that represent the main food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. A cup next to plate represents dairy.
In addition to the logo, there are also basic healthy eating tips to follow that fall in line with the USDA dietary guidelines. For example, it is recommended to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. Below are a few tips, and more information can be found at www.choosemyplate.gov.
? Enjoy your food, but eat less.
? Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
? Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.Make at least half your grains whole grains.
? Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
? Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ? and choose the foods with lower numbers.
? Drink water instead of sugary drinks.