Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

What are the benefits of fruits?

Fruits contain not only a great source of vitamins and minerals, but also phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are the plant-based chemicals that benefit the body in many ways, such as strengthening the body’s immune system. Furthermore, fruits have both soluble and insoluble fibre that can help in lowering blood cholesterol and promoting bowel movements.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates, 460 B.C.

Aim for 2 servings of fruits a day

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Lycopene helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Anthocyanins act as antioxidants to fight off free radicals in the body to prevent cancer.

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Beta-carotene is a good antioxidant that lowers the risk of cancer and heart disease, and maintains good eyesight.
Bioflavonoids work together with vitamin C to promote skin health and wound healing.

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Lutein can be found in the retina and lens of the eye. It acts as a great antioxidant that maintains good vision. It also reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

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Anthoxanthins, are a type of flavonoids pigment that shows antioxidant properties.

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Anthocyanins and Phenolics.
are powerful antioxidants that slow down the ageing process and may reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases.


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What are the benefits of vegetables?

Vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. They are generally high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and calcium, which all serve as  important components in our body. Eating vegetables that are high in fibre helps us to cope with constipation and eating non-starchy vegetables, which are low in calories, increases satiety. Moreover, the phytonutrients in vegetables also provide many health benefits.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich

Aim for 2 servings of vegetables a day

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Lycopene helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The cooking and heating process of foods that contains lycopene helps the body absorb it more readily.

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Carotenoids are converted into vitamins A in the body. Vitamin A keeps the immune system working properly and also helps to maintain vision health.

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Indoles and Isothiocyanates may have protective effects against cancer. Dark green vegetables are also a great source of vitamins and minerals.

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Allicin helps to block and eliminate the toxins.
Lentinan can be found in mushrooms. It helps to boost your immune system and prevent cancer.

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Anthocyanins and Phenolics are both are powerful antioxidants that slow down the ageing process and reduce the risk of cancer, heart diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.


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