Cupertino Dentist Discusses National Nutrition Month

Are you getting enough fiber? Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? According to the Center for Disease Control, people in the United States are not ingesting enough vegetables or fiber. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that people eat a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Additionally, men should eat about 38 grams of fiber a day and women should ingest at least 25 grams of fiber daily. Diets high in fiber and vegetables promote total wellness and reduce patients’ risks for developing heart disease and cancer. Eating a balanced diet is good for your oral health too. In honor of National Nutrition Month, Dr. Randall LaFrom offers helpful tips for incorporating more fiber and vegetables into your diet.

Easy Ways to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake

  • Add fruit to your morning breakfast. Place fresh raspberries or blueberries in your cereal or yogurt.
  • Keep fresh fruit in your refrigerator. Clean and slice fruit ahead of time for your convenience.
  • Jazz up salads with orange slices, nuts, or avocado chunks.
  • Replace starchy side dishes with leafy greens.
  • Drink vegetable juice once a day.
  • Dip vegetables such as celery and carrots in dip instead of potato chips. For more info on National Nutrition Month.

Tips for Increasing Fiber Consumption

  • Choose breakfast cereals with oats, whole bran, and grains.
  • Use oats, flax, and multigrain bran when baking cookies, cakes, or muffins.
  • Don’t peel the skin from potatoes or apples.
  • Eat whole grain or multigrain breads and pastas.

Although Dr. LaFrom’s practice primarily focuses on general and cosmetic dentistry, he cares about your general wellbeing and oral health, too. To ask questions or schedule an appointment at our Cupertino dentist office, contact us at (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.

~ by cupertinodentist on March 21, 2012.

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