Nutritionally, fruit and vegetables give us a lot of different things, and are essentially to our well being, which is why it is recommended we have at least five portions a day.
They are naturally low in fat, have little or no cholesterol, are packed with vitamins, and have natural sugars for energy. All fruit and veg is "good for you", although in different ways.
What fruit and veg do for us:
- Green veg such as spinach, for example, is very high in fibre, to aid digestion, and iron, which helps the blood cells and muscles to carry and hold oxygen, and then release it when needed.
- Avocados on the other hand, are high in fat, but monounsaturated fat, the kind of fat that may actually help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Bananas are high in potassium. A diet high in potassium may help prevent bone loss and kidney stones, as well as playing an important role in maintaining normal cell function.
In short- fruit and veg are great!