Eating fruit provides health benefits. People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic disease. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol. Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as a part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.
Here is 10 tips to help you eat more fruits:
1. Keep a bowl on the table to keep you reminded
2. Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
3. Buy variety of fruits
4. Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit, rather than juice
5. Set a good example for children by eating fruits
6. Top your cereal and low fat yogurt with variety of fruits
7. At lunch, choose fruits from salad bar.
8. At dinner, add crushed pineapple to coleslaw, or include orange section, dried cranberries, or grapes in a tossed salad.
9. Dried fruits make great snacks.
10. Rinse fruits before preparing them