June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and what better way to give your body a health boost than by adding more color to your meals! Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is the best way to get all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients. These phytonutrients give fruits and vegetables their rich colors and protection from environmental threats like insects and excessive sun. When we eat plant foods, these phytonutrients provide us also with protection against certain cancers and cardiovascular disease.

Virginia Aparicio is Health and Human Science educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or vaparici@purdue.edu.

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