Fruits & Veggies Matter

Dr. Ostrager knows as well as any New Yorker that daily life working in midtown Manhattan offers a plethora of great food. However, temptations to eat the foods offered in great restaurants don’t always play well to physical and mental health. Unfortunately, most of us fail to eat the fruits and vegetables so important to physical and mental health. That’s right – mental health is greatly impacted by the foods you eat! A recent study indicates that those who eat lettuce see improvements to their mental health, for instance. CNN recently reported on the importance of balancing our diets with the proper amounts of protein, referencing a study from Australia pointing to great improvements in mental health after patients increased their intake of fruit and vegetables.

Replace meat with plant protein

Protein in beans, nuts, fruits and whole grains provide more vitamins, less fat and better environmentally friendly sourcing than meats. Processed meats cause colorectal cancer and heart disease, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

A few high-protein fruits and veggies to enjoy:

  • Broccoli
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Green Peas
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Portabella Mushrooms
  • Artichokes
  • Guavas
  • Avocados
  • Apricots
  • Sweet Potatoes

There is a misconception that vegetables and grains lack sufficient protein; however, broccoli, for instance, has 4 grams of protein per serving.

Who knew guavas are packed with nearly 5 grams of protein per serving?

Additional resources on eating healthy, especially the importance of fruits and vegetables are available below:

Guide to Healthy Eating and Active Living in NYC (DOWNLOAD PDF)

New York City Health Resources:



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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dietary guidelines:


Centers for Disease Control:


American Heart Association: