Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we talk about the consumption of fruits and vegetables by the average adult and a new initiative by the Center For Disease Control, CDC, to get people to eat better.

Show notes:

  • The CDC wants us to eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables a day. What do they consider a serving?
  • What does the Center For Disease Control really mean? Are they really controlling disease?
  • Only 27% of adults eat enough veggies and 33% eat enough fruit per day according to the CDC.
  • What does the CDC consider a serving? How about a half a cup. The goal of the CDC is to get people to eat 1 cup of fruit and 1.5 cups of vegetables a day. Big deal!
  • What does that equal? 1 banana, 1 cup of mashed potatoes and 6 baby carrots, that’s it.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables are the key. Bottled fruit juices and canned veggies don’t count! Raw fruits and vegetables are the most nutritionally dense.
  • When the CDC was asked if fruit juices counted as a serving, they said yes, and no? What?
  • The phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and fiber are not in fruit juice like they are in the actual fruit itself.
  • Dr Fuhrman in his book Eat To Live recommends eating 1 pound of raw veggies and 1 pound of cooked veggies a day. Yes, he recommends 2 pounds of vegetables a day.
  • We discuss our typical diet for the day. We need to get Jean a larger salad bowl.
  • Make raw fruits and vegetables the main part of your meal, not a side dish.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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