A recent study revealed that Americans are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. In fact not even 15% meet the dietary requirements.
Society is on the move nowadays and people have to prioritize their activities so that they end up getting the most out of the day. One activity that seems to always get left behind is cooking. If people don’t have time to cook anymore, then they have to rely on bagels, hotdogs and fast food for breakfast and lunch and rarely change that type of diet at dinner.
Overall, the effect is that they consume more and more processed foods and carbohydrates and less and less fresh vegetables and fruit. While fruit and veggies should make up half of a person’s daily meal, a day in the city makes it almost impossible to achieve this goal, unless you like apples, that seem to be fairly accessible.
Therefore, it is certainly understandable that as few as 15% of Americans are eating right. This was the conclusion of a recent study performed using data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System by a group of scientists from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“It is surprising how low intake is in some southern states but how disappointingly low it is across the U.S.” said Latetia V. Moore in an e-mail for Reuters.
The results pointed out that the majority of people eat fruit less than once every day and that they consume vegetables less than twice a day, even including the ones in the fast food.
Another major factor that has led to this desolating situation is the high price that is charged for fresh fruit and vegetables. For a lot of people, a salad is quite the luxury and they associate it with fancy restaurant dinners.
When a salad costs as much as several large menus at a fast food restaurant, people don’t always have the means to choose the healthy alternative.
This is probably where the authorities should concentrate their actions, because providing more healthy options for lower prices would in fact ensure a higher daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
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