Harvard Heart Letter

8 ways to eat more fruits and vegetables

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They're full of the nutrients you need for a healthy heart.

That familiar refrain "Eat your vegetables!" still hasn't sunk in. Only about one in 10 adults in the United States eats the amount recommended by the current federal dietary guidelines. And we're not doing much better when it comes to fruit, according to a recent report from the CDC (see "How much should you be eating?" below).

These dismal data don't bode well for the nation's health, because eating plenty of produce can help people reach (or stay) at a healthy weight. And fruits and vegetables contain nutrients such as fiber, minerals, and vitamins that may prevent heart disease.

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