People who eat fruit and vegetables as part of their daily diet have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. USDA’s My Plate encourages making half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Vegetables are an important part of healthy eating and provide a source of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, folate ( folic acid) and vitamins A, E and C. Options like broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, and garlic provide additional benefits, making them a super food!
Potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form healthy red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and spina bifida during fetal development.