Here's How to Know if You Eat Enough Veggies ...


Quite simply, most of us do not eat enough vegetables. We’re all very aware of the recommendation of five portions of vegetables and fruit every day (although this has recently been increased to seven) but how many of us actually achieve it? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2010 that only 33% of American adults were eating the daily recommended amount of fruit, and even fewer — 27% — were meeting their veggie quota. The numbers for teens were worse. So do you think you eat enough veggies? Here’s signs that you should look for that say no and you need to eat more:

1. You Always Feel Hungry

One of the most telling signs you don’t eat enough vegetable is that you never feel truly full. Most diets in the U.S. consist mostly of processed foods, sugars and refined grains. While this diet can make you feel full temporarily, it can lead to a number of micronutrient deficiencies. Often, nutrient deficiencies can leave us feeling like we still need something, sometimes even after we’ve just eaten. Vegetables offer a sense of fullness, but better yet, there is some delay emptying the gut, which makes you feel full longer. Choose veggies that are full of fiber, like carrots, peas, onions or beans.

You Seem to Get Sick a Lot
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