By Eli Follick
September Celebrates Fruits & Vegetables
September is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, a celebration of some of the most healthful foods you can eat and a time designated to raise public awareness about the health benefits of consuming these nutrient-packed foods.
Though vegetables and fruits are composed primarily of carbohydrates and water, they provide vitamins, minerals, and bulk to the diet and contribute appetite appeal through color, texture, and flavor. Light green vegetables tend to provide vitamins, minerals, and cellulose necessary to provide the bulk, while yellow and dark green vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A. Vegetable leaves are usually rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and many of the B vitamins. The greener the leaf, the richer it will be in nutrients.
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