for Veterans and the Public
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, vitamin C, beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A), and folic acid. Some of these substances are antioxidants that can fight cell damage. As a bonus, most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories.
Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Fresh, frozen, or canned fruits are all good choices. If you buy canned vegetables, buy the ones with "no added salt."
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
Buy vegetables that are easy to prepare. Pick up prewashed bags of salad greens and add baby carrots or cherry tomatoes for a salad in minutes. Buy packages of baby carrots or celery sticks for quick snacks.