Why eat fruit or vegetables
Why Eat Fruit & Veg
Aside from the fact they taste good, fruit and Vegetables are essential to your body for your wellbeing. They contain many important vitamins and nutrients which help keep your body functioning healthily.
Your body needs nutrients and water soluble vitamins; these are vitamins which the body cannot store, so it requires a continuous fresh supply. If you eat plenty of fruit and veg, then you are getting a good dose of the essential vitamins and nutrients.
You may have heard that fruit and Veg contain fibre – What does this mean?
Fibre is simply the parts of the fruit or veg the body cannot breakdown to digest. This may seem very inefficient but actually it performs a vital function. After the body absorbs all the good stuff, it leaves the fibre behind; the fibre then travels through the digestive system ‘sweeping’ and cleaning the digestive system and removing waste – clever hey!
Cholesterol and Calories
Fruit and Vegetables are naturally low in calories so swapping these for a processed snack is a great idea. They’re also cholesterol free which means that swapping fruit and veg in for other types of food like meat or chicken can help reduce heart disease. However, good cholesterol is important for the body as it helps in cell formation; your body is capable of producing 80% of what it needs in cholesterol so cutting out excess cholesterol is another reason to have fruit and veg.
They are ready to eat with minimum preparation. Fruit can be eaten with little work – in most cases wash, peel, cut and you’re ready to eat.
Vegetables need little more work but provide an endless possibility of uses. They can be eaten as a main meal (like jacket potato) or accompany the main meal as a side; however you decide to eat them, the convenience and versatility of it is incredible.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colours, taste and texture. Colour, taste and texture are the most important to us as they determine what we do with them.
The different flavours created by the variation in sweetness, sourness and bitterness are what gives each fruit and vegetable its distinct lovely taste and we love it!
DID YOU KNOW: the chilli flavour is not actually a taste recognised by the tongue! There are five recognised basic tastes (Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, and Umami [savoury]) and chilli is not one of them. It is actually a chemical reaction that occurs between the chilli and the pain receptors on your tongue.
Colour and Texture
Colour and Texture (along with taste) help us decide how we eat them. It would be boring if all fruit and veg looked the same. The good news is that different colours and textures mean that they have different taste and more importantly different amount of vitamins and nutrients. So by eating a wide range of fruit and veg means you also receive a wide range of vitamins and nutrients.
You can get fruit and vegetable fresh or frozen; research has shown that frozen fruit or veg are just a nutritious as the fresh ones – and is often cheaper too.
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