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Why are vegetables important?

Vegetables provide vitamins, such as vitamins A and C, and folate, and minerals, such as iron and magnesium. They are naturally low in fat and also provide fiber. The Food Guide Pyramid suggests 3 to 5 servings of these foods a day.

What counts as a serving?

  • 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
  • 1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or chopped raw
  • 3/4 cup of vegetable juice

General Facts:

  • The nutritional value of vegetables decreases during the cooking process
  • Vegetables are generally very low in fat & calories - excellent for healthy diets
  • There are many different ways to cook vegetables: rosting, baking, boiling, blanching, steaming, deep frying, stir frying, sweating, grilling and marinating
  • Vegetables are an essential part of any kids and adult's diets, no matter what their age
  • Roasted carrots, onions, potatoes, sweet potato, yams, parsnips, squash, zucchini and peppers are some of the most popular roasting vegetables
  • A balanced diet of vegetables can dramatically help to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, and live a longer and healthier lifestyle

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