Eating More Fruit And Veggies Can Help You Lose Those Pounds You Put On During The Holidays
Posted Aug 26 2008 11:39am
Have you eaten more chocolate than you thought humanly possible? Have you been munching on leftovers for six weeks straight? Are you sweating as your sweat pants get tighter by the minute? You vow to eat healthier in 2008. But how?
Start by eating more! Eating more fruits and vegetables can help you to eat healthier and shed those extra pounds. " Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber," said Jeanne Hudson, registered dietitian at Moffitt Cancer Center. "Eating foods that contain fiber will fill you up and contain fewer calories." "Consider that a cup of watermelon (46 calories) or strawberries (49 calories) contains much fewer calories than 8 ounces of apple juice (120 calories). You will feel more satisfied enjoying biting into a succulent piece of fruit than gulping down that fruit juice," said Maureen Gardner, Moffitt registered dietitian.
The Produce for Better Health Foundation and the American Institute for Cancer Research agree that diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. "There are naturally occurring substances in fruits and vegetables called phytochemicals that may offer defense against cancer," Hudson said. Here are some tips to help get you started with healthy eating: More