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The Power of Plants

This article was published on ScienceDaily two days ago (ScienceDaily is a website that publishes the latest research in all types of areas but I specifically look at the nutrition section).  The title of said article is “Plant-based diets can remedy chronic diseases.”  Sounds like old news to me really – which is exactly what is stated in the opening paragraph.

“Research studies have long indicated that a high consumption of plant foods is associated with lower incidents of chronic disease”

See that keyword I’ve highlighted? LONG. We have known for a long time that a diet high in plant foods (say hello to my good friends Fruits and Veggies) are good for you. So good for you in fact that they can prevent many of the diseases that afflict most Americans at too young of an age. Say goodbye to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, even cancer.  Prevention of these is one of the things I’m focusing on in my career as a dietitian.  I have said since the beginning that I want to help people BEFORE they are sick. Who wants to be sick anyway?  So why then are we still not eating as much of these disease fighting foods? Data from 2005 found that ~32.6% of the U.S. adults consume fruit two or more times per day, and ~27.2% ate vegetables three or more times per day. Seriously? Less than a third of our population is eating the recommended 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. And that is the low end of the recommendation!

So as the holiday season approaches and we are invited to those parties with lots of delicious goodies, I challenge you to this; For every cookie, donut, brownie, whatever your vice – Eat 1 more serving of a fruit or vegetable.

Oh and please don’t tell me that it is too expensive to eat healthy. Yes I do realize that fresh foods may be a little pricier at the grocery store but I can tell you it’s going to cost a whole heck of a lot more in the long run if you end up with one of the aforementioned chronic diseases.

—Christina Molinski, MS, RD—

References:

ScienceDaily. Plant-based diets can remedy chronic diseases. October 17, 2012. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121017131546.htm

HM Blanck et al. Fruit and vegetable consumption among adults – United States, 2005. MMWR. March 2007. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5610a2.htm

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2 thoughts on “The Power of Plants

    • It would be pointless to tell people not to eat any of the “junk” at parties. They are going to do it anyway. So why not throw in an extra piece of nutritious food along with it? 😉

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