Fruits and vegetables are better than supplements
Although most people realize the need of eating fruits and vegetables, some rely instead, on taking supplements to get the nutrients they would get from the fruits and vegetable. The simple fact is, fruits and vegetables are better than supplements. Whether you are taking supplements to lose weight or simply to fill a gap between what your diet is missing, you really cannot expect a pill or two to make up the difference.
Some people understand the need of eating the actual fruits and vegetables and do so regularly. However, studies show that an average American may eat about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day whereas the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new guidelines state that 5 to 13 servings is the recommended number of servings depending on the number of calories needed by the person. Over the past years, numerous studies found that vitamin supplements don’t provide the benefits that foods do. Foods are the best sources of nutrients because they contain naturally occurring ingredients, like carotenoids and flavonoids.
Fruits and vegetables should go together to gain the optimum effect. For instance, spinach, an iron-rich plant, taken with an iron-absorbing enhancer, like the vitamin C in orange juice, is good for people who need iron. Some other studies show that the more fruits and vegetables eaten daily, the less chance of developing cardiovascular diseases. Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories, and loaded with fiber and water, which create a feeling of fullness. The fullness feeling helps people to stop eating excessively. There is no limit to eating fruits and vegetables. You can use your daily caloric intake needs as the basis for the right number of servings of fruits and vegetables.
Eating fruits and vegetables daily – preferably fresh fruit and vegetables, will give you the needed nutrients and other added benefits that are not available in vitamin supplements. However, if fresh produce is hard to get or too costly, you can opt for the frozen, canned (low-sodium), or dried varieties. Juice drinks can also be counted as part of your servings. These alternatives might not provide the full fiber of the fruit and you may need to add some fiber supplements to your diet.
Check the health tables on fruit and vegetables to determine the right mix of produce that will give you the needed daily calorie intake. You can try combining different fruits and vegetables so you have a variety of meals which consistently give you the required nutrients. The point is, eating right is the best way to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight. It is also the foundation of an overall healthy lifestyle.
When you eat right and exercise you will begin noticing improvements in your overall health – you will feel better in ways that you never expected – perhaps even in ways that you didn’t realize you weren’t feeling your best! To learn more about eating right to lose weight check out Pounds Away, the ‘no diet, diet’…
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