Come often eat fruits and vegetables. This is a healthy suggestion that we often hear. Classical indeed, but the benefits will be felt throughout life. One is to prevent non-communicable diseases.
Non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, currently ranks as the first cause of death in the world and spent a very expensive health costs. And, in fact a chronic disease that we can avoid by changing lifestyle.
There are several risk factors for non-communicable diseases, such as smoking, consumption of fatty foods and sugary, less fibrous foods, and lack of physical activity.
In terms of diet, according Dr.Fiastuti Witjaksono, clinical nutrition specialist, we have a food pyramid that regulate the number of nutritional needs.
"Consumption of fruit is part of the diet recommended in the daily menu The recommendation is 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit per day," said Head of the Department of Nutrition at the RSCM Jakarta.
Fruits contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that your body needs. Inside the fruit there is also an antioxidant that can capture free radicals. Another advantage of this food is to be consumed fresh and a small amount of calories.
Regularly eat fruit impact on improving the immune system, slow the increase in blood sugar after eating, resulting directly in gastrointestinal health. For example, the kiwi fruit is proven to relieve constipation, difficulty digesting food, abdominal pain, and the pain of stomach acid.
The results showed, green kiwi fruit contains an enzyme actinidin were shown to improve digestion and increase the breakdown of protein, so it is more easily absorbed. It also has a low glycemic index, so good for diabetics.
Unfortunately, the fruit consumption of Indonesian society is still low. According to data from the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the consumption of fruit and vegetables Indonesia only 73 kilograms per capita per year. In fact, sound is 91 kilograms per capita per year.
Many people argued could not buy fruit or fruit price is expensive, so it does not include the fruit in their daily diet.
"Eating origin should not be satisfied, but it should be noted also the body's nutritional needs. It includes eating fruits and vegetables. Fruits are also a lot of cheap, like papaya, guava, orange, and so on," said Fiastuti.
He added that the consumption of fruit can be done anytime, from breakfast, for a snack, until the evening after dinner. "We should indeed be consumed fresh, but if you also want juiced, do not just take water, but also fiber," he said.
The fiber content in fruit can make the stomach full longer so that we could avoid consuming excessive calories due hungry eyes. Weight loss can be maintained.
Patricia Gouw, Asia's Next Top Model finalist 4th series claimed, relying on the fruit to maintain their health. "Usually used as a fruit infused water, or for a snack," he said.
Patricia said, when he and his family tried to transform into a healthy lifestyle. "In a large family, grandfather and uncle had cancer, since we are trying to change lifestyle to prevent disease," he said.
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