Answer courtesy of Justin Heaton, RD, LDN, multysite Campus Dietitian, Northwestern University
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is shown to provide us with many health benefits. It may reduce risk for heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. Dark green veggies, like Brussels sprouts, are low in calorie and high in dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin D. Sweet potatoes contain a high level of vitamin A which is great for vision and skin health. Fruits like blueberries are high in antioxidants that work to neutralize free radicals. This may help to lower the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Dried fruits, like figs, are excellent sources of potassium, calcium, iron and fiber. There is no magic fruit or vegetable that will provide all the health benefits our bodies need. So, my advice is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables – all colors of the rainbow!