The Bottom Line: Quick facts about fruits and veggies!
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How well do you know your fruits and veggies? Here’s a quick quiz to find out!
- Q: This high-fat fruit is a healthy, flavorful alternative to condiments like butter or mayonnaise.A: Avocado! Avocados are high in fat, but it’s a super-healthy kind! Avocados also contain lutein, an antioxidant that strengthens eyesight, and vitamin E, which may lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Q: This water-rich vegetable is a low-cal dipping staple.
A: Celery, which is 95 percent water, may not be as nutrient-rich as other produce, but it does contain some healthy compounds, including vitamin A and C, and phthalides, which help lower blood pressure and stress hormones levels.
- Q: This colorful fruit was once called a 'star berry' because it has a star-shaped crown on top. A: Blueberries are the second-most popular berry in the United States (behind strawberries), and contain more antioxidants than almost any other fruit or vegetable.
- Q: The most widely eaten vegetable, this root veggie is consumed in one out of every three meals in the United States.
A: Potato. Did you know potatoes provide one of the most concentrated sources of blood pressure-lowering potassium (926 milligrams per one medium potato) — even more than bananas (422 milligrams per one medium fruit)?
- Q: This dried fruit adds a tangy punch to sandwiches, salads, and spreads.A: Sun-dried tomatoes. Yep, tomatoes are technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Best known for their high levels of the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes also pack such nutrients as vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium into each bite. But remember that the sun-dried kind are high in sodium, so stick with a small serving.
- Q: Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, this leafy veggie packs a serious health punch.
A: Spinach. Popeye was right to load up on spinach, which is rich in energy-boosting iron, B vitamins, and vitamins A and C.