Posted by on 09/29/2014

x_1826_671773_0_14106459_500You know that fruits and vegetables are key to living a healthy life, but getting kids to eat them is usually easier said than done. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the better it is for your overall health.

According to a study by Harvard University, people who eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each week had a 20 percent lower risk of having a stroke or developing coronary heart disease than those who consumed less than three servings of the good stuff. although these numbers may not mean anything to your children, you can emphasize just how important it is for their health later on down the road.

The best fruits and vegetables for your health

Here are a list of the best fruits and vegetables for helping you stay healthy:

Strawberries: This tasty fruit provides many health benefits. They can help reduce cholesterol as well as stress that can cause cardiovascular disease. According to Organic Lifestyle Magazine, those who eat at least 500 grams of fresh strawberries every day can reduce their bad cholesterol by as much as 13 percent.

Leafy greens: Greens that seem to be the hardest to get children to eat, but they provide exceptional benefits for a healthy heart. Livestrong said that dark leafy green vegetables like salad greens, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens can help control blood pressure.

Broccoli: You likely cringed at the thought of broccoli when you were young, but now that you’re older, it’s probably a vegetable you don’t mind eating. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that is full of sulforaphane and can help reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease as well as high blood pressure. Other cruciferous vegetables you may want to consider adding to your family’s diet include cabbage and cauliflower as they can reduce inflammation and the damaging effects that free radicals can cause to your heart.

Sweet potatoes: Thanks to their sweet taste, yams and sweet potatoes may not be that hard to get your children to eat. You may not realize that sweet potatoes are actually superfoods that are high in fiber, beta carotene, vitamin B6 and potassium. These vitamins and minerals can reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce cholesterol and regulate the digestive system.

Raisins: Those packs of raisins in your cupboard are actually a good snack to give the children when they get home from school. Eating them is a great way to reduce blood pressure. According to a recent study, participants were able to lower their blood pressure by as much as 7 percent when they ate raisins as a snack. These tiny dried grapes are also a good source of potassium, fiber and antioxidants.

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