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Fruit Consumption Falling Short of Goals at Every Age

Fruit Consumption  Falling Short of Goals at Every Age

The recommendations have been clear for decades: for a healthy diet, we need good sources of fruits and vegetables. The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines (the most recent recommendations) show that most Americans need between 1-2 ½ cups of fruit daily, depending on specific energy needs.

As recently as 2014, the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance (NFVA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that most Americans get only around 2/3’s of a cup of fruit (and that’s only for those that drink fruit juice), and just over 1 cup of vegetables a day.

The point is pretty clear: in this age of unprecedented American obesity and chronic disease, most Americans are missing out on up to 2 full cups of fruits each day.

Health Care Professionals know the statistics. They make the recommendations. And it seems that each year, the amount of fruits Americans consume actually declines slightly. 

We don’t have to tell you about the
benefits of a 
fruit-rich diet

but here are some interesting facts:
  • The Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study found a 30% reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke in individuals who consumed 8 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day as opposed to those who consumed less than 1.5 servings.
  • Findings from the Nurse’s Health Study and Health Professionals Follow Up Study suggest that greater consumption of whole fruits – especially blueberries, grapes, and apples – is associated with a lower risk of
    type 2 diabetes.
  • The risk for certain cancers, such as oral and colorectal cancer, may be reduced from a diet rich in fruit1,2.

Why Add Freeze-Dried Fruit to a Balanced Diet?

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Freeze dried fruit is healthy, delicious snack that you can feel great about recommending to your clients:

  • A tasty, crunchy snack packed full of antioxidants with far fewer calories and fat than chips.
  • A long shelf life allows your clients to always have a variety of fruit on hand for a quick snack, or to use as a recipe booster whenever it’s needed.
  • Unlike many traditional dried fruits, freeze-dried fruits contain no added sugars, making them a healthier, lower calorie alternative to other “fruit snacks”.
  • Using freeze-dried fruit cuts down on food preparation time, such as washing, peeling, and chopping fresh fruit, which may increase consumption.
  • A longer shelf life helps to cut down on food waste associated with spoilage of fresh fruit, allowing your clients to save money in the long run.
  • Brother’s-All-Natural Freeze-Dried Fruit Crisps contain only fruit as their
    ingredient, making them perfect for children or adults with food allergies
    and sensitivities.
  • The crispy texture of freeze-dried fruit is perfect for individuals with food texture sensitivities, toddlers consuming their first foods, or anyone who wishes to enjoy a satisfying crunch!
 
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