Dinner Diva: Eat Your Veggies! No, I Mean It.
By Leanne Ely
Hands up if you eat the 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies as recommended by the USDA or the 7-10 daily servings recommended by Canada's Food Guide.
I'm not seeing many hands!
But the truth is, folks, there's a reason why the government wants us to get in all those leafy greens and juicy fruits. A diet rich in fruits and veggies protects us against obesity, diabetes, cancer and a slew of conditions and diseases. Vegetables and fruits lower blood pressure and decrease bone loss. They give us essential vitamins and nutrients that we can't get anywhere else.
We all know this, but according to a study I came across recently that was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 89% of Americans aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables. Using that statistic, only 11% of you have your hands up right now.
That study also concluded that 25% of people don't eat any vegetables ever and 62% of people don't eat fruit. Ever. EVER.
Now, I know it's hard to get 5 servings of the good stuff in every single day, but here are some tips to help you get the most bang for your veggie bucks.