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Soluble fiber like oats and barley have cholesterol lowering properties that can reduce the risk of heart disease, while also lowering the risk of diabetes by curtailing spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Insoluble fibers found in whole wheat, brown rice, and bulgur may be helpful in preventing colon cancer and will help the body digest food more easily. Potassium helps promote healthy blood pressure by countering the effects of too much sodium (salt) and may also protect the heart and bones. Magnesium is important for regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and the production of protein, bone and DNA.
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Powerful Tips for Preventing Obesity in Your Kids #2 – Eat 5 or More Servings of Fruits and Vegetables
Everyone should eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. This is one of the major points you will see whenever obesity prevention for children is discussed. American Dietetic Association (ADA) research shows that eating more fruits and vegetables plays a significant role in preventing obesity in children. This happens for two reasons. First, fruits and vegetables provide significant nutritional value. Second, if young people eat more fruits and vegetables, they will eat less unhealthy food. Fruits and vegetables offer many nutritional benefits. They are low in calories, high in fiber, have high nutrient density and provide essential vitamins (e.g., vitamins A, C, K) as well as potassium and magnesium.
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Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD