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Fresh fruits and vegetables not only add some fun color to your meals but they may help to diminish your risks for some age-related diseases in addition to just keeping you overall more healthy. Plus they help you feel great!

Spring is in the air and with it a variety of deliciously tasty ingredients are becoming fresh and ripe to add to your meals. Fresh fruits and vegetables not only add some fun color to your meals but they may help to diminish your risks for some age related diseases in addition to just keeping you overall more healthy. Plus they help you feel great!

Eating fresh may help lower your risks for certain diseases

Deb knows that the right mixture of ingredients and herbs can make any dish delicious!
Deb knows that the right mixture of ingredients and herbs can make any dish delicious!

As we age we need to consider what we put into our body so we can assure that it has the right tools to give us the best possible output. Simply increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet (and removing more refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats) can help you to prevent or delay some of the classic diseases associated with aging.

  1. Cardiovascular disease Heart disease and stroke may be reduced thanks to a diet rich in fruits and veggies by as much as 30% according to a Harvard Study.
  2. Blood pressure Vegetarian diets and diets rich in vegetables have shown to naturally help reduce blood pressure.
  3. Breast Cancer - Long term studies found that women who had had higher intakes of fruits and vegetables, particularly those rich in fiber, were found to have less risk of some forms of breast cancer.
  4. Diabetes - Numerous studies have shown that consumption of whole fruits like grapes, apples, and blueberries and leafy green vegetables may help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.  
  5. Weight - Studies have shown that fruits like apples, berries, and cauliflower are associated with weight loss while starch based vegetables like potatoes, corn, and peas are linked to weight gain. By replacing refined carbohydrates like bread with less starchy fruits and vegetables it may help to reduce weight.
  6. Gastrointestinal health - Fruits and vegetables with fiber may help to calm some forms of irritable bowels and help to trigger regular bowel movements.
  7. Vision - More fruits and vegetables in the diet may help reduce your risk for eye related problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

Since we were kids we have heard of adding fruits and vegetables to our meals but how do we do that in practice?

Guide Deb is hosting a series of classes focused on ingredients and how to use them in great new ways. Her cooking classes have lots of great other cooking enthusiasts who are sharing recipes and ideas to help you spice up your kitchen. Check out the Ingredients Spotlight with new and shifting cooking classes with unique recipes spotlighted.

Ingredient spotlight

Make the most out of each ingredient! Join each of these classes featuring a highlighted ingredient to learn about all the different ways you can use it. Then, you can put your new ingredient knowledge into practice and create masterpieces to photograph for a recipe collection!

Finally, submit your beautiful new recipe card to be featured by GetSetUp!

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May 18, 2022
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