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Time for love...

Updated: Jul 1, 2019

Love of juicy melons, nectarines, green beans, leafy greens, and all the other beauties that are coming in to many gardens and markets. Why love them? Because they will love you back. They will not only perk up your taste buds but they will give you better health.

Most Americans lack Vitamins A, D, E, C, and minerals calcium and magnesium, according to the USDA and US Dept of Health and Human Services. These are essential for healthy eyes, bones, organs, resistance to destructive elements, and adequate energy and growth.

Where do you get them? Mostly you get them by eating plants. Eating them daily seems more effective than taking a pill, or putting a slice of tomato and lettuce on a burger. In fact most of these body requirements are not supplied in the fast food burgers, nuggets and pizza we eat so much.

Where do you find them? Here is a list of excellent sources cited in the World's Healthiest Foods website:

vitamin A --- sweet potatoes, carrots, greens

vitamin D--- sunshine, sardines*, some mushrooms

vitamin E--- sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocado, peanuts

folate --- lentils, beans, asparagus, spinach, broccoli

vitamin C--- papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges

calcium--- tofu, sardines*, sesame seeds, yogurt, collard greens

magnesium--- pumpkin seeds, spinach, swiss chard, soybeans, sesame seeds

* in the top sources list in the World's Healthiest Foods reference website, but vegans

and those who avoid fish will want to rely on other sources for this nutrient.

Focus on beautiful pictures of these plant foods. Look for recipes using them. Let yourself be taken by them into a world of beauty and health. Let yourself fall in love. It's soooo good!

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