Are You Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables?
Despite our best efforts to eat healthy, the majority of us fall short of the recommended fruit and veggie quota. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to get your healthy on.
So what should we be eating or drinking for minimal health? The recommended amounts of each food group has changed over the years, influenced by food advocacy boards and societal food trends. What makes knowing what you should consume confusing, none of us are built the same and everyone has different nutritional needs.
What Exactly Is The Recommended Fruit & Veggie Quota?
The most universal recommendation for daily consumption of fruits and vegetables has always been five servings a day until very recently. The updated recommendation from the new dietary guidelines released by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services is now increased quite a bit to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day!
Nine servings translates to about two cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables every day. It has always been recommended to consume more vegetables than fruit because of the sugar content in fruit and the higher nutritional value in vegetables. However, both are important and necessary to include in your diet.
The Harsh Reality
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only 13 percent of U.S. residents consume 1 1/2- 2 cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines. Those who eat enough vegetables is even worse: fewer than 9 percent of Americans eat the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables every day..
On the bright side, the state with the best consumption rate for these nutritious food groups is California! But barely - we still fall short of the recommended intake. Only about 18 percent of Californians eat enough fruit every day, and only 13 percent eat enough vegetables.
We understand the struggle! Going out of your way to meet the fruit and veggie quota every single day can be a hassle. Fruits and vegetables can be time consuming to buy, wash, and prepare, plus they’re just another expense. With your busy lifestyle and routines like a morning cup of coffee, who can be bothered.
You Can Survive And Thrive Without Coffee
Over half of the population of adults in the U.S. - 54% to be exact - drink coffee every single day. Americans are convinced that they need coffee to kickstart their morning and make it through the day. Sure, you can get a quick jolt but have you considered a nutritious drink as a substitute? You guessed it - none other than raw, fresh juice!
Get a double-dose of goodness. No need to worry about what fruits and vegetables to forcibly add into your meals - just drink them! Ugly Juice is affordable and eliminates the stress of counting servings of nutrients. There are over 1.7 pounds off produce in just one 16 oz Ugly Juice! And imagine the time you’ll save having to buy and prepare all of that produce.
Six Legitimate Reasons To Drink Raw Juice Over Coffee in the Morning:
Increased energy that lasts throughout the day
Coffee causes cravings for sweets and carbohydrates
Raw juice promotes healthier skin and eyes
Better for your immune system
Easier to lose / maintain weight in a healthier way
Coffee gives you a temporary energy fix and disrupts your body functioning in various ways. It affects iron absorption in your stomach and prohibits the kidney’s ability to retain calcium, zinc, and other important minerals. For some of us, a lack of magnesium absorption can be damaging for bowel regularity. Coffee can also raise cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and homocysteine levels -- which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Swapping a coffee mug for an Ugly Juice is an easy way to get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables for the day, and conveniently beneficial for your body’s overall health.
Make the swap and go Ugly!