Well Balanced Diet Can't Be Without Fruits And Vegetables-Healthy Living Part 7

By: Haiyan Lai-Heskin

Fruits and vegetables are important to our health for many reasons; certainly because they contain fibre in the whole food, and they contain phytonutrients, which are plant based nutrients in the numbers of 20,000 or more, all of which work together to ensure our health.
Eating 5 a day or more servings of fruits and vegetables is part of an important plan for healthier living. Vegetables are virtually fat free and contain no cholesterol.
Using herbs or seasoning instead of butter or fat could make vegetables more distinctive. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed. But certainly the acid test or taste of the good cook will be in the preparation of vegetables.
The idea of using raw vegetables is the most desirable for any menu, and especially for the low-fat menus and raw food diets, since many of the vital vitamins and minerals in vegetables may be destroyed by cooking.
As very positive shows on raw foods diet, vegetables becomes the most important ingredient as it can be combined with cottage cheese, or gelatin recipes. Use raw vegetables almost exclusively, since the vitamin value is at peak this way, and the crispness of the vegetables is most appetizing.
As important as vegetable, fruits also contain virtually no fat and are entirely free of any cholesterol. Two notable exceptions, however, are the avocado and the coconut, which are both very high in fat content and thus should be avoided. Otherwise there is no restriction on the use of fruits, which are also certainly ideal for desserts. When fresh fruits are not in season, use dried, canned, or frozen fruits.
Salads are often served before a main course, however in low fat or raw food diet, a well-constructed vegetable or fruits salad can be served as a meal all alone.
Aspic salads are excellent when prepared with vegetables or vegetable juices. And gelatin salads are special favorites to many, especially when made with fruit juices instead of water. If cottage cheese is added to gelatin and aspic salads, more protein and "body" results.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

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Haiyan Lai-Heskin has been a nurse for 17 years. She has been writing Health, Wellness and Fitness articles for many years. Her website Healthy Living Direct has varieties of health related articles advocate people to have a healthy lifestyle. Order your FREE trial of Acai Berry @ Free Acai Berry to help your weight loss and exercise program.

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