It’s a well-known fact that Americans don’t get enough fruits and vegetables.
Health experts have been warning us about this deficiency for nearly fifty years, but we’re so used to hearing admonishments about our health that we often gloss over them without reflection.
However, the fact remains that if we fail to get the recommended amounts of the essential nutrients you need every day, we will face the consequences. Nutrient deficiencies caused by poor diet manifest in lowered immune function, increased risk for cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease as well as premature graying of the hair, brittle nails, slowed metabolism and—gasp!—rapid aging.
The point of this reminder isn’t to scare you, but to get you thinking about the big picture and shrug off the casual indifference that is ruining our country’s health.
The only person who’s going to impact your health and longevity is you, and it’ll come by being open-minded, experimental, and well informed. Luckily, there’s no better time to start eating right than right now, as we are in the middle of the most rapidly evolving time in the history of food science.
Adapted from More Smoothies for Life, Random House (2007)