Eat Your Veggies!

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Not everyone loves vegetables. I find this fact hard to believe, but according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Journal of Research most adults in the United States need to increase their vegetable intake to reach the recommended amount of five fruits and vegetables a day. This advise is administered to help prevent the onset of many common western dietary diseases. In a test conducted in 2008 and 2009 a group of 66 adults were served a plate filled half with pasta and half with vegetables. What the scientist and dietitians found consisted of when the subjects ate a dish half filled with vegetables they consumed more of them.Furthermore, subjects ate more vegetables when served a variety of different types then when served only one kind of vegetable, even if that specific kind was their favorite. The study concludes by stating, “increasing the variety of low-energy-dense vegetables served at a meal can be used as a strategy to increase vegetable intake.” So, next time you fix yourself a plate be sure to fill half of your plate with a variety of vegetables to ensure that you get your five a day (and then once you accomplish five servings increase that to 6, then 7, then 8,9,10!!!)

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