“Diets rich in fruits and vegetables (FV) are associated with decreased morbidity and mortality from a variety of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.”
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“Eating FV may also play an important role in managing weight and preventing obesity.”
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“Antioxidants provide an important line of defense against oxidative stress, such as that caused by smoking and from passive smoking”
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“Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk for heart disease and certain cancers as well.”www.cdc.gov