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Fruits and vegetables: Peachy partners for preventive care
Most of us know we're supposed to get our five-a-day of fruits and veggies. But does it really matter if we don't? Is it worth swapping a cookie for a banana when you get hungry? You decide.
What you eat doesn't just affect how much you weigh and whether you have to let your belt out another notch. Getting your five-a-day can reduce your chances of dying from stroke, cancer and heart disease by as much as 20 percent. Diet is thought to contribute to the development of one third of all cancers, and upping the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat is one of the most important ways you can protect yourself from disease.
What counts as a serving size?
Is broccoli the same as beans? Dried fruit the same as fresh fruit? Here are some answers:
How many servings a day should you have?
The appropriate number of servings you should have in a day depends on your age, gender, activity level and weight goals, but a good starting point is to aim for at least three vegetable servings and two fruit servings per day. In addition, larger serving sizes of non-starchy vegetables can help fill you up at meals so that you are less inclined to indulge in large portions of higher calorie foods.
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