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Vegetables

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What’s in it For You?

Welcome to the vegetable food group!

Did you know that most Americans eat less than half of the amount of vegetables recommended each day? Let’s find out why vegetables are such an important part of our diet.

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  • Vegetables contain lots of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. They are low in calories, too.
  • Vitamin A helps us see in dim light, helps fight infection, and keeps hair and skin healthy.
  • Vitamin C has many jobs, too: it helps iron do its job, heals cuts and bruises, and keeps the inside of your nose and mouth healthy.
  • Eat vegetables with deep orange color (like carrots and sweet potatoes) and dark green color (like spinach and broccoli) for vitamins A and C.

Vegetables have lots of fiber. Fiber, along with plenty of water and exercise, can help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.

Learn more about foods in this group. Visit “How Much to Eat?”.