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You need more than an apple a day. Nearly every health expert agrees that you need at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This is the way to better general health, normal weight and a good supply of antioxidants. But, unless you're one of the few who actually get five a day, it may require some effort on your part. To help make it easier, here are some tips from experts in diabetes and nutrition.
Dr. Steven Leichter, who codirects the West Georgia Center for Metabolic Disorders in Columbus, Georgia, gives this advice to his patients. "Think of the main course as complex starches and vegetables, such as pasta with a low-fat vegetable sauce or rice mixed with vegetables. Think of meat, fish, chicken, or eggs as a side dish-around 5 ounces at a meal for the average person."
Jane Kirby, RD, a writer who specializes in nutrition, says in her new book, Dieting for Dummies, "Vitamin pills can't replace the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in produce."
A big advocate of five servings, she also offers these hints:
Finding Fruits During Your Day
Finding delicious fruit is easy in most areas.
Vanquish Your Vegetable Deficiency
If your parents never forced you, you can do it now. Experiment with a vegetable you've never had-or heard of-before.
Kirby's book, published by IDG Books, is available at www.dummies.com.
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