Eat plenty of fruits & vegetables! But...What does “plenty” mean?
More than most Americans consume. If you
don’t count potatoes—which should be considered a starch rather than a
vegetable—the average American gets a total of just three servings of
fruits and vegetables a day. The latest dietary guidelines call for five
to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables a day (2½ to 6½ cups per
day), depending on one’s caloric intake.
For a person who needs 2,000 calories a day to maintain weight and
health, this translates into nine servings, or 4½ cups per day (2 cups
of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables). Harvard School of Public Health
Evidence-Based Science: Video Shows Impact of Processed Foods on
January 25, 2012 in Evidence-Based Science, Health News
This past weekend, I tuned into TEDx Manhattan 2012, “Changing the Way We Eat”, a day-long seminar with inspirational speakers from the food world. Needless to say, I was stoked! My “highlights” review will be featured in a guest post on the real food blog Hartke is Online. Until then, I thought to share a little snippet from the seminar. One of my favorite presentations was not a talk, but a recorded video that shows rather than tells how the human body digests processed food as opposed to real (whole) food. For all the doubters out there, this is hard-core evidence that the body was not meant to digest Cheetos, Gatorade, Cheerios, Ramen noodles, or any of the synthetic so-called “foods” out there. If you’re still not convinced that you need to abandon your junk food ways, I urge you to watch this video; it’ll speak for itself:
So, next time a medical doctor urges you to give your sick child a colorful Gatorade to “replenish his electrolytes” when he or she has a fever (advice that makes me recoil in horror every time), I urge you to email him or her this video … and then find yourself another doctor!