Meat, dairy, eggs push vegetables from plate.

Why don’t Americans eat those all important fruits and vegetables.


Those All-Important Fruits and Vegetables: Why don’t Americans eat them? And who cares?

Vicki Wade

Meat, meat substitutes, eggs, and dairy often push fruits and vegetables off our plates. When I buy vegetables at my local supermarket, many are wrapped with a imprinted twistee that reminds me we need five servings a day. The American Cancer Association says to eat them, the media points out benefits, and my family doctor repeatedly reminds me to serve less meat and dairy with many more vegetables.

We are bombarded about eating fruits and vegetables now. And at my house we try.

Sandwiches that were meat, tomato, and lettuce leaf have been banished from our home. We often have meatless,-dairyless meals. Eggs are a thing of our past.

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We don’t always get the five servings of fruits and vegetables that are recommended as a daily minimum by my family doctor and certainly we don’t get the six servings a day recommended by PCRM. Yet, I am aware that we don’t always get the five servings a day that are recommended as a minimum by my family doctor and certainly we don’t get the six servings a day recommended by PCRM (a non-profit groups of physicians whose opinions I greatly respect).


The answer is simple. Meat, meat substitutes, eggs, and dairy often push fruits and vegetables off our plates.

If you start the day with pancakes, eat a sandwich (even a veggie burger) for lunch, and eat the Standard American Dinner (SAD) of meat, potato or rice, and corn or carrots at night, you won’t come close to your vegetables for the day.

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Add nuts for a mid-morning snack, fruit for a mid-afternoon snack (no candy bar, ice cream, muffin, or cookies here), and fruit juice before bed, you are still coming up short for vegetables and probably for grains, too.

"Who cares," you sneer. "I like my meat and eggs and cheese. And I don’t even like vegetables. Besides, I thought milk was good for you. That makes ice cream a health food."

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