The only action to achieve proper consumption of these foods, can save 1.7 million lives: WHO
Consuming enough fruits and vegetables worldwide causes about 19% of gastrointestinal cancers, 31% of ischemic heart disease, and 11% of cerebrovascular accidents.
According to the "Global Strategy on Diet, Exercise and Health" of the World Health Organization (WHO), the only action to achieve proper consumption of these foods, can save 1.7 million lives.
Both the World Health Organization and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommend a minimum intake of 400 grams of fruits and vegetables a day, with the exception of potatoes and other starchy tubers.
It can prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or obesity, and reduce some micronutrient deficiencies.
The variety is important when you think about the consumption of more fruits and vegetables, the more colors are given to the eye and the palate, the more health benefits will be.
In this sense, nutrition expert Alberto Molás said that the color is the easiest to find vegetables and fruits. The content of lutein has antioxidant activity, in addition to contain calcium, minerals and other vitamins are considered to protect bones, teeth and vision.
Yellow (mango, banana and corn, among others) are rich in vitamin C, magnesium, folic acid and potassium, which helps to improve cardiovascular health and the immune system.
Foods with bright colors such as purple and blue (grapes, onions, plums, blueberries and eggplants) are antioxidants and mental health aids, regulate blood pressure and drive the heart.
While reds such as strawberries, apples, peppers and tomatoes contain vitamin C, magnesium and lycopene, substances that contribute to the well-being of the heart, and are also associated with a reduction in cancer risk.
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