Ever wonder why your personal trainer tells you to make your plate more colorful? Well, every hue has its own set of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients – so try to consume a variety. Regarding these foods, reknowned health advocate Dr. Cooper has stated, “Five is fine, nine is divine.” The American Institute for Cancer Research has added that eight to thirteen servings (1 cup) per day can prevent cancer. Another key benefit of consuming fruits and vegetables is the fiber you add to diet, which will help curb the appetite by filling you up, and control the “sweet tooth” by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates and stabilizing blood sugar. It is important to eat the actual fruits and vegetables, instead of simply juicing, which usually removes the fiber and changes the effect on your body’s pH and insulin response.