Whether you heard it from your parents, your doctor, a government agency, or any number of media outlets, you are most likely familiar with the fact that fruits and vegetables are good for you. Here’s your chance to show the world (or just yourself) how much you know about the health benefits of produce.
1. True or false: When a fruit or vegetable has a vivid color that means it’s not as good for you.
2. When you’re prepping fruits and vegetables to eat, which of these precautions should you take to ensure they’re clean and won’t make you sick?
- A. Wash your hands before handling produce
- B. Rinse produce with warm water—even if you don’t eat the skin or peel
- C. Cut away bruised or damaged areas before eating
- D. All of the above
3. Which of these is not a proven health benefit of eating fruits and vegetables?
- A. It boosts your mood.
- B. It strengthens your immune system.
- C. It improves your hearing.
- D. It improves your psychological health.
4. True or false: It’s possible that eating fruits and vegetables helps prevent cell damage in your body.
1. False. In fact, vivid colors mean the produce is full of chemicals like carotenoids and flavonoids, which contain good-for-you antioxidants.
2. D—All of the above. If the produce has a firm skin, you should use a scrub brush to clean it.
3. C—It improves your hearing. Sadly, this hasn’t been found. But you should still eat a lot of produce, because the other three health benefits have been proven.
4. True. The antioxidants that are prevalent in produce might help combat a process in your body that triggers cell damage.
Article from The StayWell Company, LLC