Good for You Food on a Budget: Fruits
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Being on a budget doesn’t mean you should be skipping out on the benefits of fruits. Fruits are low in fat, sodium and calories. They are also cholesterol-free.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and choosemyplate.gov fruits are Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Potassium aids in maintaining healthy blood pressure. Fruits high in fiber can help regulate cholesterol and may lower the risk of developing heart disease. (As an added bonus fiber can help you feel full, and reduce the amount of unnecessary snacking.) Vitamin C aids in the growth and repair of all body tissue, can help heal wounds, and is important for oral health. Folate is necessary for the formation of red blood cells that keep you alive.
Always aim to consume the right amount of fruits and vegetables daily. Many people are not getting the correct amount and are lacking in the health benefits fruits offer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come up with a handy calculator to find out what is the right amount for you. You can find the “How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need?” calculator here.
If you are curious as to what a serving of fruit is the CDC has put together a comprehensive guide showing what counts as a serving. You can find that here. For example 1 small apple, 1 large orange, 8 large strawberries and 1 small wedge of watermelon are all 1 cup.
The Environmental Working Group has put together a list of the best fruits you can have while still watching what you spend. The fruits on this list have the highest nutritional value for the lowest cost. They are also low in sugar, pesticides and are high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid.
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