Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. Vitamins & Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized. Vegetables and fruit contain phytochemicals, or plant chemicals. These biologically active substances can help to protect you from some diseases.
Fruit and vegetables should be an important part of your daily diet.
You should eat at least five portions of vegetables and two portions of fruit each day. Choose different colours and varieties.
A portion of fruit is about one medium piece, 2 small pieces or 1 cup processed (no added sugar).
Scientific research shows that if you regularly eat lots of fruit and vegetables, you have a lower risk of:
- • Type 2 diabetes
- • Stroke
- • Heart (cardiovascular) disease – when fruits and vegetables are eaten as food, not taken as supplements
- • Cancer – some forms of cancer, later in life
- • High blood pressure (hypertension).