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False ME51 Color Your Plate with Healthy Fruit Written by Editor of Life & Health Lindsey Bateman It is true; there is a food that can conquer the sweet tooth without bulging the waistline. It is also true that this same food can help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and overall cholesterol. The truth of the matter is: the power of fruit is endless to any diet. Fruit is the key to energy boosting vitamins and nutrients. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is found in many fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants prevent cholesterol from ‘ oxidizing’ - the process that leads to the furring up of the arteries, and eventually heart disease. If you didn’t know already: fruit is the ultimate brain fuel. Fruit has a positive effect on our brains. Scientists have come across evidence that fruit holds a special key with our memory. Consuming fruit effectively will give our brains the ability to recall information faster and more easily. Yet another great benefit of fruit is that each different color group of fruit provides different benefits to your body. The key to a healthy diet is to eat a rainbow of fruit colors-- that is, include a variety of different colored fruits in your diet each day. The majority of people know that eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day is very important. But did you know by eating fruits of a variety of different colors, one can get the best all-around health benefits? Each different color fruit and contains unique health components that are essential to our health. According to Virginia Tech University’s Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, and the Vegetable and Fruit color wheel, below is a breakdown of how you should color your plate with fruit!! The Red group includes cranberries, cherries, strawberries, pink grapefruit, and watermelon. These fruits help protect against cancer and are good for your heart, memory, and urinary tract. The Yellow/ Orange group includes orange juice, oranges, tangerines, yellow grapefruit, lemon, peaches, papaya, mangos, pineapple, nectarines, and cantaloupe. These fruits help protect against cancer and are good for your heart, vision, and immune system. The Green group includes fruits such as kiwi, lime, honeydew melon, green apples, and grapes. This group protects against cancer as well as protecting your vision, bones, and teeth. The Blue/ Purple group, which contains fruits such as grapes, grape products ( red wine, grape juice), prunes, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, plums, cherries, raisins, red apples, and red pears, can help protect against cancer, urinary track problems, and improve your memory. And the last group, the White group helps to protect your heart, maintain your cholesterol level, and fight off cancer. Fruits in the white group include bananas, white peaches, and brown pears. The phrase “ eating a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables is a trouble- free way of remembering to get as much color mixture in your diet as achievable, so that you can maximize your intake of an extensive range of nutrients. Make sure that next time you’re strolling around the aisles at the grocery store, you find yourself checking off all of the variety of colored fruits listed in this article. Good luck creating your healthy plate of colors!! * For more information visit www. myfoodpyramid. gov.

False ME52 Take the Stress Test How tense is your lifestyle? Written by Editor of Life & Health Lindsey Bateman How much sleep do you get in a night? a) More than eight hours b) About seven hours c) About six hours d) Less than six hours Do you exercise on a regular basis? a) Yes, five or more times a week ( daily) b) Yes, around three times a week c) Yes, when you find the time d) No, walking around town is your exercise How well do you balance your life? a) Well balanced with friends, work, responsibilities, and “ me” time b) A little balanced with ups and downs throughout each day c) Not balanced with no time to spend with friends because of too much responsibility d) Not balanced with no responsibility and no real schedule Do you have a healthy eating pattern? a) Yes, I try to eat well rounded meals with the recommended servings and portions b) Yes, I mostly eat healthy with a few slip ups here and there c) No, I eat tons of sugar because I crave it during the day, along with carbs d) No, I really have no time to think healthy, so I grab fast food and live off of soda How would you describe your sexual/ intimate life? a) Wonderful! Nothing could be better b) Satisfying. But sometimes you wish there was more intimacy c) In need of a little help. With more focus on occurrence and desire d) Horrible! It could be a major reason for stress in my life How would you rate your caffeine consumption? a) Zero cups of coffee, tea, or any energy drink daily b) 1- 2 cups of coffee, tea, or other each day c) 3- 4 cups of coffee or tea, along with chocolate each day d) 5 or more drinks that contain caffeine daily