Learn more about the benefits of vegetables, fruits and fiber in your diet.

You already know that eating well is good for your health. During More Matters Month, look at the facts. Learn why getting plenty of vegetables, fruits and fiber in your diet can help you lose weight, make you feel great and lower your risk of disease.

The benefits of fruit
While supplements are recommended for some, the best way to get vitamins and nutrients is generally from food. Fruit is high in many vitamins and minerals, while being lower in calories. Fruit contains no cholesterol. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, fruit contains nutrients such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).

The benefits of vegetables
Vegetables are a versatile, delicious part of a healthy diet. When deciding what to eat, remember that 100% juice, frozen vegetables, canned vegetables and fresh veggies all count. Increasing your intake can help fight disease and improve your heart health. Eat a variety, including leafy vegetables, dark green vegetables, brightly colored vegetables, beans and peas, and starchy vegetables. Try to work veggies into every meal.

The benefits of fiber
Fiber in your diet has tremendous benefits. According to the National Fiber Council, fiber in your diet can reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and certain cancers. It helps with your intestinal health and can help lower your cholesterol. With so many benefits in mind, make an effort to choose foods that are high in dietary fiber with every meal. In addition to whole grains, many fruits and vegetables also contain fiber.

Learn more about food and nutrition at our health library. To learn more about North Hills Hospital, visit us online or call 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral. Take control of your health today!

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