Food, Health

Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Vancouver physician Dr. Ali Ghahary has always been an advocate of healthy eating. Having a healthy diet means ensuring your body gets the right amount of vitamins and minerals, as well as other important nutrients, and limiting your intake on “junk” food such as chocolate, potato chips and sugary beverages (soda and sweetened juices.) This means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

The Bad vs. The Good

While you might think that all fruits and vegetables are good for you, there are certain ones you may want to cross off your grocery list. For example, fruits such as pineapple, cherries, pomegranate, bananas and mango can actually be high in sugar, saturated fats and starch, while vegetables like potatoes and squash are high in carbs. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables like apples, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit, peaches, kale, spinach, and tomatoes are lower in calories, rich in potassium, high in fiber, and contain antioxidants and monounsaturated fats.

Health Benefits

The Canadian Food Guide recommends having at least 8 services of fruits and vegetables per day. By eating fruits and vegetables, you can ward off things like heart disease (including heart attacks and/or stroke), control your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and even prevent certain types of cancers. You will also reduce your risk of developing diabetes and obesity.

If you’re not a fan of eating fruits and vegetables on their own, there are many different ways in which you can incorporate them into your meals. A fruit smoothie, for example, is great for breakfast or for an afternoon snack. For dinner, rather than having normal spaghetti with pasta, which is high in carbohydrates, use zucchini as an alternative.

You can find great recipes on Pinterest and by following Dr. Ali Ghahary on his social media accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.