June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetables Day

National Eat Your Vegetables Day is celebrated annually on June 17.   The month of June celebrates National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and it is a perfect day to  incorporate vegetables into each meal and continue on with this part of a healthy diet.

Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 

As part of a main meal or as a snack, vegetables can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.  Each vegetable has it’s own nutritional content though generally they contain little protein or fat and varying proportions of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates.   They also contain a variety of other phytochemicals, some of which are antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties.   There are some vegetables that also contain fiber which is important for gastrointestinal function.   Another benefit is the important nutrients that vegetables contain that are necessary for healthy hair and skin.

These colorful vegetables tell us they are full of antioxidants and enzymes.

These colorful vegetables tell us they are full of antioxidants and enzymes.

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