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It’s Your Turn
- Use the fruit- and vegetable-intake calculator provided by the CDC to determine the amount of fruit and vegetables recommended for your diet, and then plan a menu for a day that incorporates the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/form.html
- The next time you’re at the grocery store, record the number, color, and names of the fruits and vegetables available. Draw a table of them, sorted by color. Write a brief statement on whether you have access to an affordable variety of fruits and vegetables.
- Visit the website “Nutrition-and-You” and choose three herbs and/or spices to write a brief summary on, including the plant they come from, their potential health benefits, and how they are used in foods. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/healthy_spices.html
Expand Your Knowledge
- Read the article, “Antioxidant Content of Whole-Grain Breakfast Cereals, Fruits, and Vegetables” in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (http://www.jacn.org/content/19/suppl_3/312S.long) and summarize in a paragraph the unique phytochemical profile and antioxidant capacity of whole grains.
- Find out how much fruit and vegetables cost by reviewing this document published by the USDA (www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB71/EIB71.pdf), and make a chart of the costs of your favorite fruits and vegetables.