Fresh fruits and vegetables are two of the most important parts of a healthy diet. They provide nutrients for energy and health maintenance, and to combat disease.

Squashes, like the one sliced in this image, are excellent sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A is very important for eye health and vision, especially seeing in color. Vitamin A also helps maintain healthy skin.

Sugar cane, stretched out along the back of this image, is actually a type of grass. Raw sugar cane is usually chewed to extract the sweet juice. Raw sugar cane is much healthier than processed sugar! It is a good source of energy and has been linked to easing cold and flu symptoms.

Yams are the brown vegetables peeking out above the leafy greens. Yams are high in potassium. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure, important for hearts and kidneys.

Lettuce, cabbage, and other leafy greens are probably the most powerful source of nutrition in the world. One of the many nutrients leafy greens provide is vitamin K. Vitamin K helps regulate blood clotting. This helps wounds to heal quickly. Vitamin K also helps strengthen bones.

The dark red fruits in the right of this image are sorrel, also called roselle. Roselle is usually not eaten raw, but used to make tea. Like many fruits, roselle is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital to maintaining a healthy body. It contributes to the creation of strong tissues, such as skin, muscles, and blood vessels. It is necessary for wounds to heal properly and scar tissue to form. Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine, reducing allergic symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose.

Gourds are a type of vegetable. The squash, cucumbers, and long bottle gourd in this image are all gourds. Gourds are a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber helps in digestion, reducing or preventing constipation or irritable bowel syndrome.

Like the leafy greens and other gourds, cucumbers are full of fiber. They also have a high water content. This helps in digestion, as well as ridding the body of harmful toxins.

blood pressure
Noun

pressure exerted by blood on the walls of arteries.

blood vessel
Noun

tubes through which blood circulates.

clot
Verb

to form a clump or semi-solid mass.

Noun

foods eaten by a specific group of people or other organisms.

digest
Verb

to convert food into nutrients that can be absorbed.

disease
Noun

harmful condition of a body part or organ.

fiber
Noun

long, thin, threadlike material produced by plants that aids digestive motion when consumed.

heart
Noun

vital organ for all animals with a circulatory system, responsible for pumping blood throughout the body.

kidney
Noun

organ that removes the waste products from blood and helps regulate general health.

leafy green
Noun

vegetable consisting of plant leaves, stems, and shoots. Also called a salad green or leaf vegetable.

Noun

substance an organism needs for energy, growth, and life.

nutrition
Noun

process by which living organisms obtain food or nutrients, and use it for growth.

potassium
Noun

chemical element with the symbol K.

symptom
Noun

sign or indication of something.

tissue
Noun

cells that form a specific function in a living organism.

toxin
Noun

poisonous substance, usually one produced by a living organism.

vital
Adjective

necessary or very important.

vitamin A
Noun

chemical substance necessary for healthy eyesight and skin. Also called retinol.

vitamin C
Noun

chemical substance important for health. Also called ascorbic acid.

vitamin K
Noun

chemical substance necessary for normal blood clotting.