Nurse's Notes September 2018

September is Fruit and Veggie Month!

What are fruits & Vegetables?

"Vegetable" is actually not a scientific term and simply refers to the edible part of the plant: roots, tubers, stems, leaves, etc. A fruit is the seed-containing part of a plant.

Why is adequate fruit & vegetable consumption so important? You'll have a hard time finding a reason not to consume fruits and vegetables each day. They are alkaline producing, which can help to preserve bone mass and muscle tissue. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minterals, fiber and phytonutrients. They contain lots of water to help you stay hydrated. Because fruits and vegetables have a high water & fiber content, they're low in calories relative to their volume. Consuming them on a regular basis can result in a higher volume of food intake. Since humans consume a consistent volume of food, a high consumption of low calorie density foods can help to control overall food intake & manage body weight.