Apples are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber. The contain soluble fiber, which can help lower blood cholesterol.
Fun Facts: Apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air. Apples are a member of the rose family and there are roughly 2,500 known varieties of apples grown in the U.S.
Beef is a vital source of protein, iron and many other important nutrients that sustain a healthy diet. It is one of the most nutrient-rich (calorie-for-calorie) foods that help fuel an active and healthy lifestyle.
Fun Fact: Because cattle are raised in all 159 counties of Georgia, the beef industry has a large impact on the state's economy (estimated at more than $2 billion).
Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese, which is necessary for bone development and to metabolize protein, carbs and fat. They are also a good source of Vitamin C; one cup provides 25 percent of the daily requirement.
Fun Fact: Georgia claims the longest season growing season for blueberries lasting from late April through the end of July.
Cabbage is an excellent source of fiber and Vitamin C, which is good for keeping gums healthy and healing cuts and wounds.
Fun Facts: Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables, originating about 2,000 years ago in the Mediterranean region. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable.
Carrots contain a high amount of fiber and are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and B6, as well as calcium and magnesium. They also provide beta-carotene, which is important for eyesight, skin health, and normal growth.
Fun Facts: Carrots are members of the parsley family. A baby carrot isn't exactly a baby; rather, “baby carrots” come from a large carrot that has been rubbed down to a short, round-ended baby carrot.
Cucumbers are 95 percent water and aid in hydration; they are low in calories and fat.
Fun Fact: Cucumbers are a member of the gourd family along with melons, squash and pumpkins.
Dairy is an important source of nutrients, containing calcium to help build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Dairy also contains phosphorus, which strengthens bones.
Fun Fact: The average cow produces enough milk each day to fill six one-gallon jugs, or about 55 pounds of milk.
Eggs have varying amounts of vitamins and minerals and many of those nutrients can be found in the egg yolk.
Fun Fact: Georgia produces over 9 million eggs a day.
Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener and is known as a demulcent (a substance that relieves irritation in the mouth or throat by forming a protective film). Honey stored in air tight containers never spoils.
Fun Facts: Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years; 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees.
Leaf lettuce is a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate and fiber.
Fun Fact: Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
Melons are fat-free and low in calories, while serving as a good source of Vitamins A and C.
Fun Facts: Watermelons originated in Africa. Famed missionary explorer Dr. David Livingstone found watermelons growing wild in Central Africa in the 1850s.
Peaches contain Vitamin A, C and potassium, and are an excellent source of fiber. Two popular varieties are the Clingstone and the Freestone. In the Clingstone variety, the peach flesh clings to the stone while in the Freestone variety, the pit easily separates from the peach flesh.
Fun Facts: Peaches are a member of the rose family. Georgia is known as the Peach State, even though Georgia ranks third in peach production, behind California and South Carolina.
Peanuts are high in protein, and have lots of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin E, niacin, thiamin, copper, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. They are naturally cholesterol free and heart-healthy.
Fun Fact: Americans consume more than 600 million pounds of peanuts and about 700 million pounds of peanut butter each year.
Pecans are a good source of fiber, Vitamin B1, A and E, magnesium, protein, potassium and zinc. They are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Fun Facts: Albany, Ga., is the pecan capital of the U.S. and Georgia is the nation’s largest pecan producer.
Chicken is a high-quality protein with a relatively low amount of fat. It is also a good source of niacin (vitamin B3), which aids in metabolism.
Fun Fact: Georgia is the leading poultry producing state in the nation, producing nearly 7 billion pounds of chicken annually.
Spinach is a good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which support eye health. It is also high in Vitamin A and provides a good source of Vitamin C, iron and folate. Plant sources like spinach help the body’s iron absorption.
Fun Facts: Spinach is part of the goosefoot family, along with beets and Swiss chard. There are three types of spinach: Flat or smooth leaf, Savoy that has curly leaves, and semi-Savoy with slightly curly leaves.
Squash is an excellent source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and potassium.
Fun Fact: The word "squash" comes from an Indian word meaning "raw or uncooked.”
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and anthocyanins (the pigments that give plants their red and blue color). These phytochemicals act as antioxidants, protecting the body’s cells from damage.
Fun Fact: The average strawberry has 200 tiny seeds on the outside of the fruit.
Corn is cholesterol-free, low in fat and sodium, and high in Vitamin C.
Fun Fact: In America, the pilgrims befriended a native named Squanto who taught them to grow corn.
Sweet potatoes are very high in Vitamins E, C and B6. They also have lots of beta-carotene, iron, potassium and fiber.
Fun Fact: U.S. President George Washington was a sweet potato farmer before becoming the first president.
Tomatoes are a good source of potassium, Vitamin A and C. They also contain lycopene, a carotenoid (a pigment that gives the tomato its color). Lycopene acts as an antioxidant and may reduce the risk of some cancers.
Fun Fact: Tomatoes are part of the fruit family, even though they are served as a vegetable.
Onions are high in Vitamin C and a good source of fiber. They are also a good source of quercetin, a flavonoid that acts as an antioxidant in the body.
Fun Facts: The Vidalia is Georgia’s official state vegetable. Vidalia onions have a sweet flavor due to the soil in South Georgia; the onions are only grown in 20 Georgia counties.
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