The “Why The Fruit?” project provides a healthy alternative to candy dishes for the desks of partnering locations around UCSB. Fruit supplies the fiber, vitamins and minerals that are key for health and the maintenance of your body. Fruit also contains naturally low levels of fat and sodium in addition to vital nutrients such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Eating a diet enriched by fruit provides ample health benefits, such as reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A healthy diet includes 1-2 cups of fruit per day, depending on your individual caloric needs.