“Eat your fruits and vegetables” is one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. And for good reason. Eating plenty of 20140109-084450.jpgvegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

When you shop at your farmers market, you get produce that is picked at the peak of the season, at its highest nutritional level. This assures you that you are getting all the health benefits possible from your diet.

Make it a habit to choose more vegetables and fruits. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red.

Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.”

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