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Americans Are Not Eating Their Fruits & Veggies

It is well known and well documented that Americans do not have healthy diets. But what is probably more shocking is the fact that a recent study discovered that less than 15% of American adults are eating enough fruit and vegetables everyday to meet federal suggestions. Even fewer are eating enough greens to meet suggested requirements for a healthy life.

However, the number is increasingly lower in Southern States were, like in Tennessee, the number of people eating sufficient fruit and vegetables is almost at 7.5% of the adult population which is absolutely shocking.

Not eating your fruits and vegetables seems to be a trend, however, the risk associated with not eating enough of them are enough to make you want to more of them.

People who do not eat sufficient fruits and vegetables are prone to vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies. You need the B-vitamins to help you use energy efficiently, you need vitamin C to assist with wound healing, vitamin A to assist in keeping your skin and eyes healthy, and vitamin K to support blood clotting. Avoiding foods that so easily give them to you is a huge disservice to you. Not eating sufficient foods to help this will also affect your calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium levels which can result in feelings of lethargy, affect muscle gain, and just generally not feeling awake and ready to handle the day.

Fruits and Vegetables are also high in fiber, which the traditional American diet does not seem to be high in. Fiber is great for you, it helps by improving your digestive health which ensures that the waste in your large intestines moves through your system to prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.

Additionally, with the obesity epidemic, more and more people should be turning to fruits and vegetables as they are generally low calorie, full of fiber and water which can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

So all in all, there is no more excuses for not eating your fruits and vegetables!

About Emily Hersey

Emily is an African Studies and History student who loves reading, the gym, hip hop and horses. If she's not working on her latest research project, she's definitely working towards her next trip to South Africa and doing her Master's degree there. Contact Emily: [email protected]