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Q: I want to include more fruits and vegetables into my diet. Any suggestions?
A: Kudos to you! Including a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables may help reduce your cancer risk, help with weight management, improve heart health, ward off diabetes and much more. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables every day. These foods contain important vitamins, minerals, fiber phytochemicals, and antioxidants and they are typically low in calories.
In addition to filling up your plate with plant-based foods, soups are a great way to boost intake of fruits and vegetables. While delicious all year long, soups are especially versatile, comforting, nutritious during these cold winter months. Soups are not only healthful and enjoyable for the entire family, soups can also be beneficial for weight management. While liquids tend to empty from the stomach faster than solids, thicker liquids like soup remain in the stomach longer and tend to increase satiety. And, unlike smoothies which can be sucked through a straw in mere minutes, soups are generally sipped at a more leisurely pace.
So, if your New Year’s Resolution was to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, soup is a perfect vehicle to help you meet your goal! For more information and fun facts about soups, visit Nutrition 101 and Spotlight on Taste.
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