September marks National Fruits & Vegetables Month, experts weigh in on benefits

DELMARVA – Did you know only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables? That’s according to the CDC.

September is National Fruits and Vegetables Month, bringing awareness to the advantages of adding them to your diet.

We checked in with TidalHealth Peninsula Regional who say both are good sources for fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

They also provide benefits that protect you from chronic illnesses like heart disease to even cancer.

As you consume them, there’s some things to keep in mind starting with properly washing them. “You may have some contamination on the outside. When you cut through, you may be bringing the bacteria from the outside of the melon to the inside,” Registered Dietitian Tamara Giles said.

“Particularly with things that are more fragile like berries, you only want to wash them right before you’re about to eat them. If you’re going to do it a couple hours in advance that’s okay,”

We’re also told to make sure you properly store your fruits and vegetables so they last longer.

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