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Think beyond potatoes: Eating a wide variety of veggies and fruit helps your weight and overall health.    
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Spinach, carrots, blackberries, french fries…which one doesn’t belong? That’s an easy one. But given that potatoes in all forms (even fries) are the most widely consumed vegetable in the U.S., it’s a valid question. Mixing it up in the produce aisle isn’t just great for your taste buds, it’s fantastic for overall health. And research suggests that veggies and fruits help you manage your weight. During four-year segments of a 24-year population study, people who increased their intake of vegetables like greens, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots as well as whole fruits such as berries, apples, citrus, and pears lost weight. On the other hand, those who consumed more starchy vegetables such as potatoes, corn, and peas gained weight. Don’t give up the higher-starch veggies — what would summer be without corn on the cob? — but do strive to eat a variety of veggies and fruits every day. When in doubt, remember the rainbow. Create weekly menus that include reds (tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, apples), oranges (peppers, carrots, citrus), yellows (summer squash, yellow tomatoes), greens (spinach, green beans, broccolini, peas), blues (blueberries, of course), and purples (cabbage, grapes, figs, purple carrots). And remember the whites, too…cauliflower, jicama, onions, radishes, and, yes, potatoes! Add colorful herbs and spices, too, like parsley, basil, turmeric, red pepper, and cumin. You’ll be supporting good health, a balanced weight, and extremely happy taste buds.

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