Parents' Guide About The Health Benefits Of The Fruit Group
We always hear that fruits are good for you.
In fact, the USDA My Plate tells us to fill half our plate with fruits and vegetables.
Fruits are loaded with health benefits.
Most fruits do not have cholesterol and they are naturally low in:
Different fruits are high in a variety of vitamins and minerals.
In particular, they are high in
folate (folic acid)
Eating a diet high in fruit can help your child by helping their body develop optimally to prevent disease. It also very important for adults. Both children and adults in your family will benefit because fruit can help:
reduce their risk for heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes
protect against certain types of cancers
provide fiber which reduces the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes
provides potassium that helps lower blood pressure
provides potassium that can also reduce the chances of getting kidney stones
provides potassium that helps to decrease bone loss
provides a naturally tasting sweet food that is low in calories for maintaining a healthy weight
Written by Maggie LaBarbera
Written on Oct 12, 2012
Last updated on Mar 18, 2013