Eat your veggies! Your parents made sure you knew this as a child, but you might have shrugged it off.
And once you started deciding your own diet, you might have decided bacon, eggs, and toast every day was just fine.
But it IS actually important to eat your vegetables. And even if you have taken your parents’ advice to heart, there’s a very good chance you’re simply not getting enough of them. Did you know only 1 in 10 Americans gets enough fruits or vegetables?
By the numbers
The range of people hitting their fruit and veggie needs varies widely. At its worst, in West Virginia only about 6 percent are hitting their vegetable intake.
At the very best, in Washington DC, about 16 percent are getting enough fruits and veggies.
Why are these staples of our diet important? There are a number of reasons. For one, individuals in the US and worldwide are simply nutrient deficient. This means all the nutrients you heard about growing up: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and so forth.
So why not just take a multivitamin? Unfortunately it’s not that simple. For one thing, nutritionists question whether all these nutrients are truly bioavailable when we take them in pill form.
Besides that, there are phytonutrients that you can really only get directly from fruits and vegetables.
Why these nutrients matter
But this might not answer your fundamental question. What’s the point of these nutrients anyway? After all, if all these years you’ve been going around just fine, feeling all right, surely they aren’t important?
What you might not know is that 7 out of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States come from chronic diseases. In the long run, you can lower your chance of encountering these diseases by having a balanced diet.
Take the time to add more fruits and veggies to your diet. Want to know more? Call Capital Medical Associates today to get suggestions for a healthy lifestyle and diet.