We all know fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. But most people don’t know why. It’s amazing the things good food can do for you, just check out the list below!

Blueberries: After strawberries, blueberries are the second most popular fruit in America. So chances are you and your family enjoys munching on this yummy fruit already. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which help your body fight free radicals. Free radicals damage cell structures and DNA so fighting them is a good fight. New research has shown eating blueberries daily can help improve your memory.

Bananas: One banana has 10% of the daily-recommended amount of potassium. Potassium helps with everything from digestion to your nervous system. In a bad mood? Have a banana; it’s got tryptophan, which can help how you feel.

Apples: Eating two apples a day can help lower your cholesterol. The skin of an apple is full of vitamin C. New studies are showing that apples may have a positive effect on your digestive tract.

Carrots: Orange or yellow fruits and vegetables have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Carrots are full of vitamin A, which helps your eyes.

Broccoli: This vegetable is full of good stuff including vitamin C and A, folic acid and calcium. Calcium not only builds strong bones but can also reduce high blood pressure and possibly help prevent colon cancer. Broccoli is also a great fiber source, it provides the two different kinds of fiber you need: soluble and insoluble.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a great source of three powerful antioxidants: beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin C. Cooked tomatoes can help a breastfeeding mom produce more lycopene.

So next time your kids complain about eating their veggies remind them of all the amazing benefits these powerful foods have.