Where are the Vegetables in Vegetable Products?
Headlines continually blast news that veggies harbor amazing health benefits, but the skimpy amounts in many processed foods and on dinner plates aren’t enough to offer much nutrition. By Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Where are the Veggies?Much as that little voice nags to “eat your veggies,” 64% of Americans come nowhere close to dining on the two to three cups of vegetables per day the Food Pyramid recommends. To say it’s a challenge is an understatement.
Yes, vegetables are delicious addition to meals. They’re high in fiber, low in calories, and chock-full of all kinds of good-for-you nutrients and disease-fighting chemicals. The trouble is they take some planning to include at meals, particularly when the meal is something cobbled together from take-out or what’s in the pantry.
We’ve looked at the full vegetable spectrum, from vegetable-scarce to a full-fledged vegetable serving. The more you eat from the “full-fledged” side, the more benefits you reap.