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Drs. Oz and Roizen: Microbiome and health solutions from eating FNV

Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick (49ers) and Cam Newton (Panthers), wide receiver Victor Cruz (New York Giants), NBA superstar Stephen Curry (Golden State) and actress Jessica Alba (a good sport) want you to get hip to FNV. That’s Fruits ‘n’ Vegetables, the cool foods. To get their point across, those celebs have made “ads” for fresh produce (on YouTube). As first lady Michelle Obama says: “If folks are going to pour money into marketing unhealthy foods, let’s fight back with ads for healthy foods.”

Research shows most North Americans are FNV-starved: No state in the U.S. has more than 50 percent of its population consuming fruit more than twice a day or vegetables over three times daily. We want you to wake up to how powerful an effect eating five to nine servings a day of FNV can have on your lives.

FNV are loaded with fiber and nutrients that provide fuel for the trillions of bacteria in your digestive system (your gut biome). When your biome is balanced, it helps control weight, lowers insulin resistance, supports a healthy immune system and, get this, affects your mood and mental health. Plus, fiber in FNV controls cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and helps prevent colon cancer. And a healthy biome may help kids avoid developmental and learning problems. So aim for a daily fiber intake of around 25 grams daily for women and girls, and 31 to 38 grams for men and boys from whole grains, fruit, veggies and snacks like nuts or carrots. Go long for FNV!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit