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Published on August 31, 2016

Don’t Forget Your Fruit

Summer and fall are great seasons to eat fresh fruits from your local farmers market and Hy-Vee stores.

Not only does fruit taste absolutely delicious, but it provides many health benefits as well. Most fruits are low in calories and high in nutritients and can play a part in reducing health risks.

Recommended fruit intake depends on age and gender but for most adults ranges between 1 ½ to 2 cups daily, according to Here are some other fruit facts:

  • Fruit that’s part of an overal healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
  • Fruits rich in fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  • Fruits rich in potassium can help reduce blood pressure (bananas, prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and orange juice).
  • Fruits are packed with nutrients, ranging from vitamin C to folate and potassium.

Helpful Tips

Hy-Vee Dietitian Anna Schroeder has a few tips to help you eat more fruit:

  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit at the ready on your table or counter.
  • Cut up fruit and refrigerate for later or buy prepackaged or precut fruits at the store. Hy-Vee has many options to choose from.
  • Try to incorporate more fuits into your snacks, including dried fruit.
  • Top your cereal or oatmeal with banana slices or fresh berries.
  • Add fruit to your main meal (pineapple or peaches on kabobs, apples in a salad).
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