The Secret to Long Term Health and Vitality – More Fruits and Vegetables

What is the secret to long-term health and vitality? The answer is easy – more fruits and vegetables. Both are low in calories and high in nutrition. Fruits and vegetables fill you up with few calories. I recommend starting every meal with either a piece of fruit or a vegetable. You will therefore consume fewer calories during the meal. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables are nutritional power houses. They are nutrient dense – that is they give you a large amount of nutrients with few calories. Your goal is to eat more foods with high nutrient densities and avoiding those foods which are not nutrient dense (avoid foods with few nutrients and high in calories). Fruits and vegetables are filled with water, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Your minimal goal should be at least 5 servings a day. An even better goal is at least 10 servings a day. Fruit consumption has been shown to be our best protection against multiple cancers including oral, esophageal, lung, prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancer. Nutrients in fruits and vegetables have been shown to help prevent aging and deterioration of the brain. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables in a multitude of colors. The more colors the better. Different colors of fruits and vegetable have different phytochemicals to protect your health. Drinking juice will not suffice. Many of the nutrients are removed by juicing, including fiber and some phytonutrients. It also concentrates the sugar. Juice is loaded with sugar. The only way to get the full benefit is to eat the whole fruit or vegetable. So head down to your local market or farmer’s market and start exploring. There is a whole world of colors for you to explore. The more you eat, the better your long-term health and vitality.

Author: drjeffgreenberg

Dr Greenberg is a clinical cardiologist who specializes in preventive cardiology, nutrition, exercise, and longevity. He favors using natural methods to improving one's health.

9 thoughts on “The Secret to Long Term Health and Vitality – More Fruits and Vegetables”

  1. Ok, just registered and after reading many of your tips, my husband and i are now committed to TRYING to eat more colors. We don’t normally have too many veggies but that will change. One baby step! I know you are committed so we (I) promise to meet your challenge. Now on to the excise, 🙂

  2. Dr. Greenberg, to let you know Betty and I are following your post and beginning to see some weight loss along with an improvement in feeling better. I have created a folder filing your posts for ongoing reference. We follow your website and appreciate the eating and exercise information.

    Thanks for your healthy food information.

    Jim and Betty Keller

  3. Dr. Greenberg, I want you to know that I enjoy all your posts and you are so RIGHT ON!!! Tom and I are eating healthier than we ever have. I totally agree with everything you write about! Thanks for being Tom’s doctor!

  4. Very nice website!!… Beautiful.. Amazing.. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find very useful information in your post, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

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