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Why Do We Need Fruits and Vegetables?

Fruits and vegetables are some of the best sources of the nutrients we need to grow and thrive. No one food or food group gives us all the nutrition we need. Eating a wide variety of foods, especially vegetables and fruits, helps us be healthier.

Here are just a few sources of these needed nutrients:

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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

What it does: Produces energy in the body

What to eat: Mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, spinach

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Vitamin C

What it does: Helps our body make skin and blood vessels; maintains bones and teeth

What to eat: Cantaloupe, strawberries, broccoli, green and red peppers, leafy greens, tomatoes

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Calcium

What it does: Builds strong bones and teeth

What to eat: Dairy products, as well as vegetables like broccoli, greens, and bok choy

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Protein

What it does: Helps build muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, and blood; builds and repairs tissues

What to eat: Peas and beans, spinach, kale, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, broccoli


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