Build Health with a Diet Rich in Vegetables and Fruits
Dr. Allan Green, Biochemistry Researcher & Professor
Just like planning and saving wisely to create wealth, your health can also benefit from a smart plan that has the future in mind. And the one thing that populations around the world with the greatest life expectancy have in common is the consumption of relatively large amounts of vegetables and fruits. Evidence continues to build for their nutritional benefits and their ability to help shape a healthy lifestyle.
Check the Stats on Fats
Plants…in this case, fruits and vegetables…contain healthy unsaturated fats that are far different from saturated animal fats, which tend to raise harmful LDL cholesterol levels in the body. You see, saturated fats have a high melting point, making it easier for them to clog arteries and create cholesterol buildup. Plant-based fats, however, have been shown in some studies to improve blood cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation and stabilize heart rhythms. And now you can enjoy your veggies as quick snack food bites!
Don’t Forget Your Fiber
Plants, especially green, leafy ones, contain a substantial amount of fiber. As non-digestible carbohydrates, fibers help to extend your life span, lower the risk of certain cancers and improve regularity. They also slow nutrient absorption, which is thought to act as a protective device against type 2 diabetes. And how about this…fiber is quite filling, which is great news if you’re guarding against weight gain.
The Essentials Make Good Sense
In today’s busy world, it’s common to just grab a quick meal, without giving much consideration to what’s in it…or isn’t. But for a balanced, healthy diet, you don’t want to miss your essential nutrients. Foods derived from plants contain many of them, from potassium – which helps increase muscle strength and regulate metabolism – to vitamins such as A, K and C, which can aid in bone health, blood pressure and immune response, among others.
Your Phytochemical Power Source
When you’re eating your vegetables, keep in mind that they contain numerous phytochemicals. This includes carotenoids, lycopene and other related compounds and antioxidants that serve as sources for many of our vital medicines. The research is ongoing, but it’s safe to say that the medical community has found numerous health benefits within these phytochemical studies. Clearly, veggies not only taste good, but they’re good for you. And now Phyto Active Foods™ makes them super convenient!
Leading Health Authorities Give Green Light to Veggies
Respected dietary organizations, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Heart Association and American Dietetic Association, recommend that we eat a variety of vegetables and whole fruits for a healthy diet. It’s never been easier, thanks to Phyto Active Foods™ dehydrated fruits and veggies, free of any additives and filled with vital nutrients, rich flavor and extra crunch!
Meet the author - Dr. Allan Green
Dr. Green has a background in biochemical research as the Director of Research at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY. His primary interest was diabetes. Today Dr. Green is a professor at the State University at Oneonta, NY, where he is regarded as an expert in the area of fat cell metabolism.