Why Do I Need to Eat Vegetables?
Whether they're fresh, frozen or canned; eating more vegetables is one of the easiest things we can all do for better health and well-being.
All vegetables can be considered superfoods as they are naturally packed full of important vitamins and minerals, disease-fighting antioxidants and gut-healthy fibre. Plus, they taste really good!
Eating vegetables each day can help you to maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, plus protect you against chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
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Latest Research Shows Australian’s Need to Eat More
Research confirms fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are frequently replaced with processed foods laden with loads of unhealthy fats, salt and sugars.
Nutritious food fuels our brains and bodies; however, our tendency to reach for convenience foods, as opposed to the balanced diet, is resulting in many of us not meeting basic dietary requirements.
Recent findings from surveys and intervention trials suggest that consuming a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables also has benefits for mental health such as better mood and reducing the risk of depression across the lifespan.
Current research reveals that diet and mental health are related. Poor diet is now believed to be linked to negative mental health and a greater risk of depression and anxiety, and also impacts memory and learning.