Americans Won't Eat Their Veggies
- 09-02-2006, 02:27 AM
Americans Won't Eat Their Veggies
Americans Won't Eat Their Veggies
Study Finds Most Americans Eat Less Than Recommended Amount of Fruits and Vegetables
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
on Friday, September 01, 2006
Sept. 1, 2006 -- Mothers' pleas of, "Eat your vegetables," didn't work. The government's simple "Five a day" message didn't work. Now, a new study shows the new food pyramids aren't working either.
A new USDA study showed, on average, less than half of all Americans ate the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables in 1999-2000.
Researchers estimate the percentage who met the new MyPyramid recommendations ranged from a low of 0.7% of boys aged 14 to 18, whose recommended combined amount of fruits and vegetables is five cups, to a high of 48% among children aged 2 to 3, whose combined recommendation is two cups.
Among mature women aged 51 to 70, less than one in five met their current daily recommendation, and fewer than 11% of all other age groups met their MyPyramid fruit and vegetable recommendations.
"Americans need to consume more fruits and vegetables, especially dark green and orange vegetables and legumes," write researcher Patricia Guenther, PhD, RD, of the USDA, and her colleagues in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
"Nutrition and other health care professionals must help consumers realize that for everyone over age 3 years, the new recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake are greater, and in many cases much greater, than the familiar five servings per day," write the researchers.
Compliance Used to Be Easier
In the study, researchers surveyed more than 8,000 Americans by phone about their eating habits.
Overall, they found that 40% of Americans ate the previously recommended average of five 1/2 cup servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Those complying with the old "five or more" servings recommendation ranged from a low of 10% for girls aged 4 to 8, to a high of 60% among men aged 51 to 70.
New Recommendations More Specific
But the latest MyPyramid guidelines from the federal government recommend two to six and a half cups a day of fruits and vegetables, depending on a person's age, gender, and energy needs.
The MyPyramid recommendations are a revision of the original Food Guide Pyramid and call for greater amounts of fruits and vegetables.
The new recommendations also include more specific information about types of vegetables, such as dark green and orange vegetables and legumes, to ensure that recommended dietary allowances for nutrients found in greater amounts in these vegetables are met.
What Are We Eating?
Other findings of the study include:
* The average American eats 4.7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
* Average consumption of fruits, total vegetables, and all vegetables except starchy vegetables (which include white potatoes, corn, and peas) is far below recommended amounts.
* Americans are eating too many starchy vegetables. Researchers found the average number of servings was above recommended levels for 12 of the 15 age and sex groups studies. Five out of six of the servings of starchy vegetables are white potatoes.
* On average, the number of servings of dark green and orange vegetables and legumes is less than a third of the recommended amounts.
* The average number of servings of other vegetables is about 1/4 to 3/4 the recommended amounts.
SOURCES: Guenther, P. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, September 2006; vol 106. News release, American Dietetic Association.
- 09-02-2006, 02:39 AM
Man I love vegis but i'll admit that I miss out them a lot and since I started my log I noticed this and had to correct it. I eat as much as I can now. And have since felt a ton better because of it.
09-02-2006, 02:45 AM
LOL, I know how easy it is to forget. After I read this article I stumbled into the kitchen and ate some carrots and lettuce.
09-02-2006, 01:59 PM
09-02-2006, 02:03 PM
09-08-2006, 10:04 AM
lol just to think i buy the big bags of uncooked beans religiously on my bulking cycles. i can down a 2.5 bag in a day only to start cookin more that night, hmmmm.
09-28-2006, 03:34 AM
I'll be honest I dont eat enough veggies, wish I could but the taste of some make me
I know theres no real replacement of veggies but I
just started looking into veggie supplements and maybe a juicer :bruce2:
09-28-2006, 03:10 PM
Small steps add up over time. You can start with veggie supplements and build out from there.Originally Posted by San Quinn
Right now I'm sitting at my desk eating oatmeal, peanuts, carrots and broccoli......but I used to have to swallow raisins like pills just to get some into me.
09-28-2006, 07:24 PM
Yeah thats what I plain to do, just not sure on which veggie supplements would be best?Originally Posted by yeahright
09-28-2006, 10:53 PM
I'd go about this two ways:Originally Posted by San Quinn
NATURAL FOODS: What fruits/veggies can you eat? Write a list. I bet there are more on there than you first think. You're not in the habit of eating them but that's different from gagging when you try and eat them. Now that you have a list, go get them. Don't get crazy and overwhelm yourself....but if you like apples, get a couple apples. If you liked raisins as a kid but haven't eaten them lately, pick up some raisins. Then, once you've built up this repetoire, try something new everytime you go the the grocery store. Pick up one of the new thing, and give it a try. If you grab a nectarine and end up hating it, then you're out 40 cents. No big deal....but if you try a nectarine and end up liking it, then you've just expanded your list.
SUPPLEMENTS: I'd suggest that you consider (1) greens - these are dehydrated green vegetables - the formulation varies by brand - which you can get in pill form or powder. Start with the pills. (2) Berry extracts - cranberry, blueberry, etc. Get some berry antioxidants in you. (3) Garlic. (4) psyllium - metamucil pills are cheap and they're a good source of mushroom fiber.
Best of luck to you....just remember that you don't have to do it all at once. I used to hate raisins but I forced myself to buy some. At first I just swallowed them like pills....then I began to chew them....then I began to like them....then I branched out to other dried fruits (turkish apricots and dried blueberries are great).
09-29-2006, 12:02 AM
Turned out french fries still healthier than spinach...
So don't tell me to eat veggies, I'm gonna get "super stacker" from BK.
09-29-2006, 04:05 AM
Thats really good advice, ThanksOriginally Posted by yeahright
Lets see I can eat almost any kind of fruit since I really like them. Veggies I eat broccoli by mixing it with chicken in red pepper sauce, sometimes spinach (not often) mixed in with some italian food, some carrots, corn, tomatoes in salsa, yams I think thats about it. So thats six total.
09-29-2006, 11:34 PM
That's a good start. Zuccini (finely sliced) and bell peppers are easy additions to italian food. Best of luck.Originally Posted by San Quinn
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