Here's a Great Resolution
See, it's not only me and the Dole Company that insists on five a day. What was that New Year's resolution? Lose weight? Get in shape? Didn't hear ya'. Here's a great one for you to resolve.
Author Lynn Grieger, RD, CDE starts out by writing: "According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the three most important personal habits that influence health are smoking, alcohol consumption and diet. For the two out of three adults who do not drink excessively or smoke, the single biggest influence on their long-term health outcome is diet."
This is one of the big reasons I started writing the Sneaky Kitchen. There's a great wealth of health out there, largely ignored by the huge quantity of people that think eating corn and mashed potatoes and a little iceberg lettuce, plus a fruit flavored drink, gets four out of the recommended five a day, and that's probably going to get it.
Not so!!! I truly believe that if every single person in the USA (assuming they also didn't smoke nor drink to excess) were to eat between five to nine full helpings of dark yellow or green veggies, tomatoes, cruciferae (cauliflower, cabbage, kale, broccoli, etc.), fruits and other such nutritional powerhouses, most of the nation's health problems, including obesity, would disappear.
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight, get in shape or otherwise improve your health? Have you made them before and bombed? Don't give up, but make your PRIMARY resolution to eat those five a day. Next year, after you've been successful, step it up one or two until you get to nine a day, an optimum amount that will help assure a healthy adulthood and old age.