If you can't remember the last time you had this many vegetables on any given day, then you aren‘t eating healthy. According to government statistics, only one in five adults get this many servings of vegetables every day. One out of five doesn't even eat one vegetable in a 24 hour period. If you have a salad for lunch every day, that's a good start, but it still doesn't come close to the five helpings you need seven days a week. If you only eat three meals a day, this means that you have to have two servings for lunch, and three for dinner. If you aren‘t getting close to this, the best thing to do is to take a multivitamin.
The quality of the soil where vegetables are grown isn't what it used to be. This means that vegetables can be lacking in the amount of vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good health.
The quality of water also has a lot to do with how nutritious the vegetables you eat are. It's hard to say what kinds of pesticides are used on vegetables that come from other countries that have different agriculture regulations.
The only way you have a chance at getting vegetables that may have the nutrients they should is to buy organic. Once again, vitamins and supplements will ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrients.
As a group, vegetarians are probably the healthiest eaters around, but even they miss out on some nutrients. For example, vitamin B12 can only be found in animal foods such as meat, chicken, fish, and dairy products. So vegetarians should be especially aware of their vitamin B12 intake and learn more about the benefits of these supplements and others that they may be missing from their diet.
The way you cook vegetables has a lot to do with the amount of nutrients they have when you eat them. Most nutritional books assume that you are eating your vegetables raw or at the very least, lightly steamed. That is the only way they can make the claims on the nutritional value of the foods they recommend you eat. If you boil, microwave, fry, or bake your vegetables, the nutrients become more depleted the longer they are cooked. At a certain point, they have little of their original nutrients.
If you eat out more than three times a week, you are really cutting into the nutritional value of your food. Having a salad is okay, but only if it's a dark green salad.
Iceberg lettuce doesn't count because it has no nutritional value. In fact, most vegetables at restaurants are so overcooked and over seasoned that they aren't really very good for anyone. If your work schedule has you eating out every day, then you really need to take a multivitamin.
If you look on a multivitamin, you will notice that there are at least twenty two different vitamins or more in each dose. Each one of these vitamins does something for your system that is unique and also essential to keep your body functioning at a normal level. The best thing to do is take some time and look some of them up on the internet. Do your research. You might be surprised at how necessary they each are.
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