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


Quite simply, most of us do not eat enough vegetables.

Weโ€™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?2

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 โ€” 27% โ€” were meeting their veggie quota.

The numbers for teens were worse.

So do you think you eat enough veggies?

Hereโ€™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 donโ€™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.2

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 weโ€™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.

2. You Seem to Get Sick a Lot

First, a visit to your doctor is advised.

But, if it seems like youโ€™re under the weather more often than not, you might want to look at your diet.

Your immune system is strengthened by the vitamins and minerals you take into your body.

Vegetables are vitamin- and mineral-dense, while processed foods are often full of empty calories.

If you donโ€™t get enough immune support through your food, you may get sick more frequently.

Certain foods, like broccoli and mushrooms, help keep your immune system strong.

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