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Eating Vegetables And Fruits: The Good And The Bad

By David Butler

Everybody knows that fruits and vegetables are healthy choices, they’re full of fibre and vitamins, and they can ward off illness and disease. Mom said we should eat plenty of them every day and we knew she was right, but did we pay any attention?

And look at us now, surrounded by cheeseburger wrappings and French fry cartons, slurping on a milkshake for lunch and driving with the one finger that isn’t covered in ketchup. Well, maybe meals like this don’t happen every day. But think about it: How often do you make a meal of something that’s fast and easy, and instantly satisfying, like a brownie from the fridge, rather than taking the time to fix a nutritious meal full of the vitamins that we truly need?

Such as watermelon, or grapes, or a cantaloupe. They are easy and nutritious to eat after a quick washing off. Or you could make a quick salad of raw veggies, like carrots, cauliflower, and celery and toss them in Italian dressing. Researchers have figured us out and they realize that we are not eating tomatoes and turnips as we should. Therefore, to motivate us they are touting a five a day campaign engineered to increase our awareness of our eating habits and to incite us into eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

It does at first sound like quite a lot, those five servings. There are some simple and practical ways to begin sneaking fruits and vegetables into your diet. Want to start now? Add some fruit to your breakfast choices. Put the fruit of your choice on pancakes, cereals or waffles. Fruit is portable and makes a wonderful snack.

It is especially easy to increase your vegetable servings. You can change out your fast food meal for a nice salad. When you order a sandwich, ask them to throw on some lettuce and some nice tomatoes as well. If they have them, request sprouts too. Add vegetables to tomato and meat sauces, stews, soups, or even add carrots or zucchini to baked goods.

Celery with peanut butter is something you can try and it is also a good snack for kids to eat too. Kids today never seem to like anything for more than one day, so try offering them a different healthy food every day. Some folks believe in bribing kids with dessert, as in, “eat that broccoli and then you can have cake, but this seems to make vegetables even less appealing. I have often wondered what society would be like if we turned that around!

Then you could say, “Finish your meal or you don’t get any watermelon (or broccoli souffl or corn pudding or whatever).” There’s another easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet – drink juice. But, the drawback to juices is that they are not a good source of fibre. Children like to drink a lot of juice, which doesn’t help when it comes to eating food. And juices are higher in calories than the whole fruits or vegetables.

You can’t deny the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Studies have proven that when people eat additional veggies and fruits, they lower their odds of contracting 14 varieties of cancer over those who do not eat as many during the course of a day. Not only that, eating more fruits and vegetables can lower your likelihood of having a heart attack, a stroke, or developing blindness.

We can make up excuses all day long, but the fact remains that we know we should eat more produce. Fruits and vegetables can be a bit pricier than processed foods. And some people may complain that they don’t have time to prepare them. A lot of people just make up excuses for what they want to do. Instead of taking responsibility and admitting that they just want to eat junk, they’ll swear that buying fresh produce is a waste. “By the time I get ready to each that banana, it’s already brown all over.”

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