Veggies help boost immunity, fight diseasesThursday, July 05, 2012 03:16 AM Views : 308Fayette C. Rien
Eating vegetables regularly leads to better immunity and prevents the development of non-communicable diseases.
National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7 Chief Parolita Mission said vegetables and fruits are rich sources of fiber needed to cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract through regular bowel movements preventing constipation.
According to Mission, diet rich in fiber helps prevent colon cancer although there are other risk factors involved in the development of this type of cancer. Vegetables and fruits with their lesser calorie contents help prevent diabetes as well as cardiovascular diseases.
"Development of non-communicable diseases can easily be thwarted with a strong immune system through healthy diet," said Mission.
We need to educate the young of the importance of eating vegetables and fruits as this can help not only in the physical development of a child but their mental growth as well, added the NNC 7 chief.
Most children have Iron and Vitamin A deficiencies which can be sourced from vegetables.
While Mission lauded the efforts of some food manufacturers who fortified their products with micronutrients, she cautioned the public to carefully check whether the product has the ‘Sangkap Pinoy' seal of the Department of Health (DOH).
This seal means the product has been checked by the Food and Drug Administration for the appropriate micronutrient content.
Mission however said, nothing beats the nutrients taken from fresh vegetables.