Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March is National Nutrition Month

“Eat Right,” the American Dietetic Association’s 2009 campaign theme, focuses on the importance of choosing nutrient-rich foods – those containing the most vitamins, minerals and other nutrients per calorie – over higher-calorie alternatives with little or no nutritional value.

High on the nutrient-rich list are fruit.

The association recommends 2 cups a fruit a day for all men and women 19 to 30. Women over 30 should eat 1.5 cups a day.

Facts to know about fruit

  1. Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. None have cholesterol.

  2. Fruits are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).

  3. Dietary fiber from fruits, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.

  4. Whole or cut-up fruits are sources of dietary fiber; fruit juices contain little or no fiber.

  5. Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.

Look for upcoming emails that will highlight the powerful nutritional impact that our specialty products deliver.