It's Fruit and Veggie Month

by Jennifer Smith September 11, 2017

Fruits & Veggies–More Matters is a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegetable consumption for better health. The health program is spearheaded by Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help spread the word about the health benefits of adding more fruits & veggies to your diet.

Fruit and Vegetable Facts

Before we run out of juice, we want to share some fruit facts with you:

  • Apples, peaches and raspberries are all members of the Rose family.
  • Pineapples can destroy your taste buds.
  • Apples give you more energy than coffee.
  • Watermelon keeps you hydrated.
  • According to United States. law, tomatoes ARE vegetables.
  • Grapefruits shouldn't be combined with certain medications (and can kill you!).
  • A strawberry isn't an actual berry; but a banana is!
  • Apples float in water because they are 25% air.
  • Pumpkins and avocados are fruit, not vegetables.
  • Kiwi contains twice as much Vitamin C as an orange


Why Go Organic? There are many health and financial reasons to eat organically and to grow your own crops. 

Gardeners and farmers who grow organically are using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in their growing areas. Organic gardens free from pesticides and herbicides are safer for the environment, the people, the soil, the water and the wildlife.

On average, organic food junkies may spend $400 each week on organic goods; and for this reason, grocery shoppers may feel that organic goods are more expensive than traditional foods, and turn away from the idea. But growing organically can save money for families - almost equal to a brand new car!

"Our savings in herbs alone over the last 11 months are at least $350!" Rochelle Stone, Barefoot Basics.

Eating both fresh fruits and garden vegetables are important for your daily health. The nutrients will help you stay strong throughout the day, preventing incoming diseases (haven't you heard "an apple a day keeps the doctor away?"); and the fibers will lower your cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and keep your digestive track regular.

This September, DeerbustersCanada encourages homeowners to get involved in the More Matters Campaign.

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith