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Runners Need More Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables and fruits are important to runners because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and are vital for good health and 95% of us don’t eat enough of them. Stuck on how to eat more? Here’s five tips how:

Opt for organic for certain produce.

A handful of fruits and vegetables-including spinach, apples, peaches, and strawberries-tend to have particularly high levels of pesticide residues. These levels may be risky, particularly for children. So for these, organic may be your safest bet. And take extra care when washing them.

Wash uncut produce.

Use cool running water while scrubbing lightly with a vegetable brush.

Don’t soak your fruits or vegetables in a detergent or bleach solution.

Your produce may absorb these substances.

Remove the outer leaves. Peel off the outside layer of leafy vegetables such as lettuce, bok choy, and cabbage.

Consider buying frozen.

Fruits and vegetables that are frozen at their peak retain most of their nutrients.

Eat them quickly.

The longer fruits and vegetables sit on your counter or in your fridge, the more nutrients they lose.

Keep them fresh.

Store produce in a plastic bag, free of water, in the produce bin of your refrigerator. You may want to purchase a produce “life extender” such as Extra Life or Fridge Friend, which neutralizes the ethylene gas given off by some produce and slows the decaying process.

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