How many serving of fruits and vegetables do you eat a day? Are you getting enough? Do you know how many servings you should be eating every day for optimal health and to reduce disease?
Take a moment and answer these questions for yourself and your family. Do you have the answers for yourself? Good! Then continue reading and see how you are doing
According to WebMD.com “Under the U.S. government's latest food guidelines, five servings of fruits and vegetables may not be enough. Adults need anywhere from 7-13 cups of produce daily to get all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables -- including possible protection against obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”
How did you rate against the previous statement? Excellent, I hope!
If you are falling a little bit short, you are not alone. You are in the same boat as most Americans. The CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, issued their State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013. The report says, “Adults in the United States consume fruit about 1.1 times per day and vegetables about 1.6 times per day.”
A serving size of raw fruits and vegetables is about one cup, so according to this report, people are eating about 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of vegetables or 2 servings per day. This falls shockingly short of the recommended 7-13 servings per day.
How can we increase our servings of fruits and vegetables so we can increase our health and decrease chronic disease?
Dr. Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, has some suggestions. He says, “ “I encourage blending and I do it myself.” It is one of the simplest ways to get more vegetables and fiber in the diet.
One of his favorite ways to eat more fruit and vegetables is to blend them. He recommends that his patients blend mostly vegetables along with fruit. Some of his favorite vegetables to blend are tomatoes, fennel and kale. Fruit that work well in his smoothies are blueberries or mangos.