THE IMPORTANCE OF INCLUDING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN YOUR FOOD

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Both fruits and vegetables are important components in a healthy diet and their consumption helps prevent various diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity among others.
The American Heart Association and other international organizations recommend that our diet include 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which are excellent for health.
Useful tips for buying fruits and vegetables
** Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season. They are easy to obtain, they taste better and, in general, they cost less. Your market on wheels is an excellent source of fresh seasonal products. But remember that some fresh fruits and vegetables do not last long.
** Buy smaller quantities more often to ensure you can eat them and not spoil.
** Search the local newspaper, on the Internet and in stores for special sales, discount coupons and offers.
** Plan your meals in advance and make a shopping list. You will save money by buying only what you need. Do not go shopping when you’re hungry. Going shopping after lunch will make it easier to miss tempting sandwiches.
** Compare the price and number of servings of fresh, canned and frozen varieties of the same vegetables or fruits. Canned and frozen items can be less expensive than fresh ones. In the case of canned goods, choose fruits packed in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with labels that indicate “low in sodium” or “without added salt” (“low in sodium” or “without added salt”).
** If your supermarket has a member discount card, sign up to save even more. The subscription is usually free and you can receive offers and coupons through your email.
Look for a market on wheels near you. To buy fresh seasonal products at great prices.
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