Almost Everyone Should Eat More Fruits And Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may lead to a longer, healthier life.  A growing body of research shows that those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthy diet are likely to lower their risk of stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.  An added benefit is increased energy and assistance in the role of weight loss.  Many of my clients ask if it’s that important to buy organic.  Research on whether consuming organic food is healthier remains inconclusive.  However, the USDA’s own studies show, even after washing, that most non-organic produce contains residual pesticides.  The long-term effect of consuming these pesticides has not been sufficiently studied, but I can’t imagine that they are “good for you”.  In a perfect world, we would buy all of our groceries organic. Unfortunately, organic foods are still more expensive and sometimes unavailable.  I recommend that my clients be more educated about which produce has the highest level of pesticide contamination and which has the least.  Below is a list based on information and studies by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Consumer Reports, and the Environmental Work Group.

The article has been contributed by
Juliette D. Woodmansee, owner of
Complete Fitness, Occupational Therapist
and Certified Personal Trainer.

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