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Don't Short Yourself

On the food pyramid, there's one level that's absolutely vital for good health.  Don't short yourself on fruits and veggies - you'll pay for it in the end.   Want more information?  Read info at the Bird's Eye site.

Another article, "An apple a day? Nutrition and immunity"  by the same author emphasizes the affect our diet can have on keeping our immune system functioning well. 

She writes in Health Benefits . . . 

"Some experts recommend that in addition to consuming five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, people should eat at least three different colors of fruits and vegetables every day to ensure variety."   

Categories of fruits and vegetables follow with information about the health benefits of each type.   It's worth reading!

Impossible to accomplish?  Remember that a glass of juice counts as a vegetable.  A plate of pasta with tomato, garlic, and other veggie additions count as well.  Even fruity yogurt adds up to perhaps half a serving. 

Some juices, in fact, have astounding properties.  In the news today was a study by researchers at Michigan State University.   Mice given a normal diet were allowed to drink either orange juice or water.  They were then treated with a chemical that causes colon cancer.  Those who drank orange juice developed 22 percent fewer tumors.  Impressive, isn't it?

Instead of all those cups of coffee, try Lady Bird's Spiced Tea,   Spiced Tea from the Sneaky Kitchen Orange Mint Iced Tea or Honey Tea Cooler; they all contain orange juice as well as healthful tea. Stock the refrigerator with juices, too.  Whatever you do, don't get suckered into drinking "fruit drinks" with "real fruit juice", or buying them for your family members.   Ain't the same thing!

How many servings of vegetables and fruits do you manage to eat each day, on the average?   How many do you think you should eat?  

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