Fruit and vegetables contain few calories and are rich in nutrients. They have many health benefits and are associated with a lower risk of developing chronic diseases.
It is important to consume the recommended daily amount of at least 250 grams of vegetables and 200 grams of fruit. Important substances in fruit and vegetables include fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, glucosinolates, carotenoids and phytoestrogens.
As yet it has not been possible to attribute the protective effects of fruit and vegetables to any one individual component. It may be that a combination of substances has a protective effect in relation to various diseases.
You should therefore make sure you consume a sufficient variety so you get enough of all the nutrients.
Fruit/vegetables and your health
There are a number of health effects associated with consuming sufficient fruit and vegetables.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether fruit and vegetables may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks.
Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.