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9 Warning Signs You're Not Eating Enough Vegetables

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Emily Shiffer of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 11: Vegetables have an undeserved reputation for being bland, lacking flavor, or tasting bitter. (But that's just because you aren't cooking them properly.) While you may have been forced to get them down as a kid, as an adult you may still struggle to include veggies in your diet. The problem is that these superfoods are packed with everything your body needs to stay healthy, and not eating enough can have some serious consequences."Vegetables have so many benefits like being rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber," says Maggie Michalczyk, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Once Upon a Pumpkin.Your body uses all of these things to function properly and prevent chronic diseases. Best of all? You really don't even need to eat that many veggies to reap these benefits. According to the USDA, the amount of veggies each person needs can vary between 2 and 3 cups each day. For women, that amount is between 2-2.5 cups, and for men, it is 2.5-3 cups.While that may sound like a manageable amount of food, that doesn't mean it's an easy goal to reach. Only 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).Another reason veggies are an essential part of your diet? They're among the best fiber-rich foods. "Eating a variety of vegetables not only provides antioxidants, but it also provides fiber. Fiber helps support healthy digestion and helps people feel more satisfied after eating their meals," says Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.And—no surprise here—most Americans are falling short of daily recommended fiber goals as well. Men should aim to consume 38 grams and women should aim for at least 25 grams of fiber per day, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Not eating enough veggies can have many negative effects on your body and health. Here are 9 signs you may not be eating enough veggies. If these don't encourage you to make a change to your eating habits, then maybe these 21 Warning Signs You Need to Change Your Diet—Fast will.

9 Warning Signs You're Not Eating Enough Vegetables

Vegetables have an undeserved reputation for being bland, lacking flavor, or tasting bitter. (But that's just because you aren't cooking them properly.) While you may have been forced to get them down as a kid, as an adult you may still struggle to include veggies in your diet. The problem is that these superfoods are packed with everything your body needs to stay healthy, and not eating enough can have some serious consequences.

"Vegetables have so many benefits like being rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber," says Maggie Michalczyk, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Once Upon a Pumpkin.

Your body uses all of these things to function properly and prevent chronic diseases. Best of all? You really don't even need to eat that many veggies to reap these benefits. According to the USDA, the amount of veggies each person needs can vary between 2 and 3 cups each day. For women, that amount is between 2-2.5 cups, and for men, it is 2.5-3 cups.

While that may sound like a manageable amount of food, that doesn't mean it's an easy goal to reach. Only 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Another reason veggies are an essential part of your diet? They're among the best fiber-rich foods. "Eating a variety of vegetables not only provides antioxidants, but it also provides fiber. Fiber helps support healthy digestion and helps people feel more satisfied after eating their meals," says Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD, a registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

And—no surprise here—most Americans are falling short of daily recommended fiber goals as well. Men should aim to consume 38 grams and women should aim for at least 25 grams of fiber per day, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Not eating enough veggies can have many negative effects on your body and health. Here are 9 signs you may not be eating enough veggies. If these don't encourage you to make a change to your eating habits, then maybe these 21 Warning Signs You Need to Change Your Diet—Fast will.

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