How many veggies do you need to eat, anyway?
You may think you eat enough vegetables—but more than likely, you’re wrong. On average, Americans only get two servings of vegetables per day. The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health. And those aren’t just numbers; skipping those key nutrients can seriously affect your overall health. (Here’s exactly what happens when your body doesn’t get enough vegetables.) Read on to find out ways your body is telling you what it needs, and how to give it the nutrients it craves.
There’s a lack of color on your plate
“The typical American meal of meat and potatoes may taste good, but it isn’t very colorful or loaded with balanced nutrition,” says Abby Sauer, RD, MPH, a dietician at Abbott. “Even though they may be favorite foods, plain pasta, rice, and bread don’t add much color to your meals and don’t add much nutrition in terms of essential vitamins and minerals either.”