Why Is It Important to Eat Vegetables?

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Who wants to lower their risk of developing cancer? One way to do this is by eating a variety of vegetables. Most vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that our bodies need every day. Do you eat vegetables raw or cooked? They are delicious either way, but be careful about what you add to the vegetable. If you coat it and deep fry it, you have added extra fat to the vegetable. Try steaming vegetables or using them in a stir fry. Do you eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day? This should be our goal. This month, try a vegetable that is new to you. Here are some ways to increase your intake of vegetables.

  • Keep easy to eat vegetables in the refrigerator to grab as snacks. Examples: cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, bell peppers
  • Serve a vegetable with every meal or snack
  • Keep frozen vegetables and canned beans available as easy additions to dinner.
  • Bring home a new vegetable. Learn how to prepare it and encourage your family to try it.

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