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Eating More Fruits And Vegetables, Not Reading Nutrition Labels, Is the Way to Better Health

Posted May 14 2009 12:00am

Learn why eating fruits and vegetables is especially important, and how you can benefit from adding Juice Plus+® to your diet. Reading nutrition labels isn't going to make you healthier. More fruits and vegetables will!

While any juice drink, food, or consumable needs to have the proper nutritional label so that buyers can make educated decisions for their diet, this doesn't come close to solving a bigger problem. And that is a lack of proper nutrition in most diets. You can put all the details you want on any product, providing carb, protein, vitamin, ...whatever exists in that product, but it still doesn't change the fact that most people are eating and drinking stuff that has little nutritional value.  The macronutrients isn't a problem - you know, the carbs, proteins, and fats; except for the proper balance in which most people are consuming them. That is, too many people are eating way too high a percentage of fats and carbs, with a low percentage of proteins, relative to the total calories from the three. Here's more about how reading the nutrition labels may assist with a healthy diet --

From calorie-counters to the chronically ill, Isa Carani has some simple advice -- break out your reading glasses and start checking the fine print on nutrition labels.

A registered dietitian with the Lake County Health Department, Carani is promoting label literacy to combat diseases such as diabetes and promote healthier lifestyles.

The average adult consumes 2,775 calories per day, according to the most recent USDA statistics, which is nearly 40 percent above the recommended amount.

With obesity rates soaring, dieting is a national concern, but for the nearly 24 million Americans with diabetes, it can be a matter of life and death.

At increased risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other complications, diabetics use the labels to help regulate caloric intake and blood sugar levels, a crucial daily regimen. ( Read more )

Comments: While trying to get dieters to read labels may seem like a solution to the overweight and obesity problem, it is a good idea at best. The real campaign that needs to be implemented is to spread the word about the importance of getting the minimum recommended number of fruits and vegetables each day. You can't argue the fact that if everyone 'filled up' on fruits AND vegetables each day that we would have an obesity epidemic. Sadly, we don't realize just how many health problems would most likely 'go away' with just this one simple action.

If you want to get healthier, and it makes no difference if you seek to lose weight (but this is the perfect recommendation for you too!), then start striving to eat the minimum fruits and vegetables in your diet (try to get a minimum of 5 each day, but 7 is a better number to get to).

In the meantime, because fruits and vegetables nutrients are so important to the body's health, I recommend you add Juice Plus+® to your diet. Juice Plus+® is whole food nutrition made from a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Dr. J. Patrick Havey
Official Juice Plus+® Distributor

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