8 clear signs you’re not eating enough vegetables
You know veggies are good for you. You may also think you’re eating enough. The truth is, you probably aren’t. Read on to discover the many ways in which your body is telling you that it needs more fruit and vegetables, and what nutrients it craves.
How many veggies do you need to eat, anyway?
You may think you eat enough vegetables, but more than likely, you don’t. On average, we only get two servings of vegetables per day. The Australia Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat five servings of vegetables (one serve equals 75 g of vegetables, approximately half a cup of cooked or one cup of salad veg) and two servings of fruit (one serve equals 150 g, about one apple or two apricots) per day. Skipping key nutrients can seriously affect your overall health.
There’s a lack of colour on your plate
We’ve come a long way since the old meat and two veg. But there are still plenty of people that stick to the simple formula. However, “it isn’t very colourful or loaded with balanced nutrition,” says dietitian Abby Sauer. “And even though they may be favourites, pasta, rice and bread don’t add much colour or much nutrition to your meals in terms of essential vitamins and minerals.”
Eating a diet rich in vegetables will also help if you’re looking to shed some kilos. Here are 50 things your doctor wishes you knew about losing weight.