Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and the variety of each is as important as the quantity. Eating more of vegetables and fruits above other foods is always advisable and desirable as it contains various health benefits. No single fruit or vegetable offers you all the required nutrients so you should eat plenty of them everyday to make your diet a balanced one. They have high nutritional value as they provide some fantastic anti-oxidants, nutrients, fibre, vitamins, and so on.
They are also a good source of water soluble vitamins that our body requires everyday. The water soluble vitamins cannot be stored for future use by our body like the fat soluble ones but are required everyday for optimal functioning of the body, so one should take heavy intake of these foods daily. Even our body has no tendency to produce such vitamins inside the body so the only option left is to have a rich diet of fruits and vegetables.
A diet rich in such fruits and vegetables helps lower blood pressure, lowers the risk of heart diseases and stroke, prevents some type of cancer, improves eye sight and digestive system, checks blood sugar level, helps control fat and checks your appetite.
Even among the group of these foods, i.e., fruits and vegetables, vegetables are considered to be healthier than fruits though this does not mean that one should substitute vegetables over fruits but rather have an increased consumption of vegetables.
Vegetables are considered to be healthier than fruits as they generally contain higher concentration of micro-nutrients that are essential for good health and better functioning of the organs such vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients etc. These micro-nutrients supports better functioning of eyes, bones, teeth, muscle, skin, nails, blood cells, nervous system and the immune system.
By increasing the intake of vegetables you will not only allow the intake of more micro-nutrients but also reduce the consumption of high caloric foods. This will help you reduce upon your fats as this enables your body to use the stored fats without compromising upon the functioning of the other organs. On the other hand fruits contain more macro-nutrients which are energy giving caloric components of our foods and include carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
So to maintain a healthy and balanced diet include more and more of vegetables in your diet pattern.