Healthy Bites: Eat more fruits and veggies

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: September 2013

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Mary Ellen Herndon:

I'm Mary Ellen a dietician at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our Healthy Bites nutrition challenge. For the next month, we're asking you to eat an extra half cup of fruit and an extra one cup of vegetables every day. Eating a plant based diet filled with fruits and vegetables is one of the best things you can do to lower your risk for cancer. Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals and antioxidants that help your body stay healthy. Eating these fruits and vegetables can also help you maintain a healthy weight.

Ernesto:

The challenge was harder than I expected. I found it easier to prepare my bags day by day and just take them to work to have everything ready, that way I wouldn't have to struggle throughout the day to make all of the vegetables.

Mary Ellen Herndon:

Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. This way you'll get a lot of different nutrients that help to fight cancer. Those are those minerals and vitamins and antioxidants that we talked about. And you won't get tired of eating the same old same old thing every single day. You can learn more about this month's challenge at MDAnderson.org/healthybites. You'll also find some tips, tools, and recipes to help you achieve this month's challenge. Good luck.

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