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"5 A Day For Better Health"

The “5 A Day for Better Health” Program, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), is an easy way to remember how many servings of fruits and vegetables to eat every day. Any fruit or vegetable: frozen, fresh, canned, dried fruit, or juice counts toward a serving. Refer to the Food Guide Pyramid section for recommended serving sizes of fruits and vegetables.

Eating five to nine servings a day of plant foods may reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and macular degeneration. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in certain fruits and vegetables are showing promising results towards preventing free radicals or cancer-causing agents from damaging cells.

How to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet:

Ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet include the following:

Nutrition Tip: At your next visit to the grocery store, reach for apples and carrots for snacks instead of cookies and chips. For more convenience, choose pre-cut or individually packaged fruits and vegetables such as raw "baby" carrots, fruit cups, small boxes of raisins, or bagged salads.

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