Eating Fresh Fights Heart Disease

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli
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May 12, 2006

As the seasons change so do our eating habits, but there are things you can eat this spring that will help prevent heart disease.

You've heard your mother say it: 'Don't forget to eat your fruits and vegetables,' and she's right.

"Focusing more on the fruits and vegetables and whole grains as opposed to the higher fat foods such as meats, and dairy. Then again in general, just looking at portion sizes," said Andrea Yoder, UVA Dietician.

So why are these so important?

"They are high in fiber, which is another one of our tools against fighting against heart disease and high cholesterol," said Yoder.

Fruits in particular have more anti-oxidants found Vitamin A and C, which help make your body stronger.

"It helps to build up our body's defenses so that we can fight off toxins and any cancer cells that may be fighting against us," said Yoder.

Eating a side salad helps, but nutritionists say we should be eating even more.

"Five a day combine fruits and vegetables would be your combined minimum. Anything above and beyond that is just an added extra benefit," said Yoder.

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