Winter Snacks: Best vegetables, fruits for your health

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Health experts recommend that adults eat about two cups of fruits and up to three cups of vegetables each day.

Often we’re encouraged to reach for ones that are rich and deep in color.

However, the winter months offer other produce options that may not be as flashy but are still good for our health.

Vegetables such as white potatoes, cauliflower, turnips, onions, garlic and even parsnips are great for your body.

Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian, said, “They offer vitamins and nutrients but they also have some compounds in them that help to fight cancer, fight heart disease, as well as keep your blood pressure in check, as well as cholesterol levels.”

Though potatoes often get a bad rap, officials say it’s what we put on them that causes the problems.

Moore said, “White potatoes are virtually fat free and they are also a good source of Vitamin C and a great source of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure levels.”

Experts say garlic contains a compound that has been shown to reduce the risk for prostate and stomach cancer.

Also, onions have nutrients that help with digestion.

When it comes to winter white fruits, apples and pears are the best.

Moore said, “There are some studies to show that eating an apple or a pear a day can help lower the risk of stroke.”

While you can’t get most produce year round, purchasing what is in season is usually cheaper and tastes better.

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