Fruits make great salads, snacks, appetizers, and desserts. They add:
- Fresh flavors
- Bright colors
- Different shapes and textures
- Vitamins C and A
- Lots of fiber and minerals
Fruits are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They contain no cholesterol. Eating lots of fruits can help prevent obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines recommend that we consume almost as many calories from fruit as from vegetables.
Daly-Koziel, Kathy and Walters, Jackie, "Fruit Group: Focus on Fruits" (2006). Family and Consumer Sciences Publications. 23.