You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating. Fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lean meats, nuts and beans provide a healthy way to control your weight. Fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases, while also providing essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other essentials. Consider these tips:

Eat fruits and vegetables the way nature provided. Or, use fat-free or low-fat cooking techniques, such as steaming your vegetables.

If you choose canned or frozen goods, pick those without added sugar, syrup, creams or other ingredients that add calories.

To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.