Expert Commentary: Dr. Micozzi, M.D. - May 8, 2009

Posted by Admin on May 13, 2009

Eating Your Vegetables. Here is another great story on the value of eating broccoli and sprouts. But while we all know that eating fruits and vegetables are good for you, how do we increase input? The original guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake from the US Department of Agriculture was five fruits and vegetables a day. But recently, the new guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture increased the recommendations to a staggering 10 to 13 fist-sized servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Frankly, I don’t anyone who eats this much fruits and vegetables. So let’s see what we can do? Well, let’s start with motivation. Here are 10 good reasons to consider fruit and vegetables consumption.

1. Fruits and veggies come in colors. Most other foods are dull when it comes to colors. The bright colors of these edibles should appeal to your children. After all most dyes come from vegetables.

2. They are convenient. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried, juice. All are nutritious.

3. High in fiber keep you regular.

4. Low fat, low calories.

5. High in all those essential vitamins and minerals, and many experts say that nutrients are more potent because it comes from live foods.

6. Which means it all comes together to give you more energy.

7. Which means you get to live a long and healthy life.

8. And they are always different. If there is one vegetable you don’t like, you can try the next.

9. And they make for good snacking. A bag of baby carrots beats a bag of M&Ms. You will feel better, more energized, and end up a lot lighter.

10. And then there is the taste. Most of us are so desensitized by heavy meat flavors we have lost the love of more subtle flavors. Think of vegetables as fine wines, and soon you will become a connoisseur. Try it and soon you will obsessing over the flavor, scent, texture, and juice content of your next tomato.


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