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Why It's Important to Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
August 20, 2013

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The human diet has always been made up of fruits and vegetables. Mankind has depended upon nature to provide it with a natural source of food. But as humans developed so did the ability to create cheaper processed food. Unfortunately these cheaper food sources such as canned, boxed or frozen foods don't contain the same vital nutrients that natural fruits and vegetables provide. And thus the influx of lifestyle diseases such as Alzheimer's, asthma, atherosclerosis, cancers, cirrhosis, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, stroke, depression,  and obesity.

Now, we all know that fruits and vegetables should be a major part of our diet but who can say that they get the recommended daily servings of either? Probably not too many people, especially with the increased number of people suffering from anyone of these diseases. It's no wonder that in the day of the caveman these diseases didn't exist. Back then man depended upon his food to cure him of ailments and illnesses.

Research has linked free radicals to the onset of many diseases. And even though free radicals can be naturally created in the body thru oxidation it is the plant chemical antioxidants that help to neutralize these harmful free radicals. Unfortunately humans are one of the few animal species who are unable to produce antioxidants within the body. Therefore we must rely on ingesting antioxidants from our diet. And which food group contains the highest presence of antioxidants, none other than fruits and vegetables. People who consume more fruits and vegetables are not only healthier, but are less vulnerable to disease due to their consumption of more antioxidants.

Now you see why it's so important to eat your fruits and vegetables. It's a good idea to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to consume the largest number of different antioxidants.