A new article in the New York Times by Kim Severson reports that in spite of all the emphasis since 1990 via ads and media stories to eat more vegetables instead of junk food, the masses aren’t listening. But it’s really a bit silly, I think, because the test is whether a person eats vegetable THREE TIMES A DAY! What are you supposed to do, eat salad at breakfast? Or chew on an onion between lunch and dinner? Ridiculous.
On the other hand, I often agree that it is too much effort to cut up some vegetables and make a salad. Then put some dressing on it. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
Here are some excerpts.
Only 26 percent of the nation’s adults eat vegetables three or more times a day, it concluded. (And no, that does not include French fries.)
These results fell far short of health objectives set by the federal government a decade ago. The amount of vegetables Americans eat is less than half of what public health officials had hoped. Worse, it has barely budged since 2000…
“There is nothing you can say that will get people to eat more veggies,” said Harry Balzer, the chief industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market research company.
This week, the company released the 25th edition of its annual report, “Eating Patterns in America.” The news there wasn’t good, either. For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Mr. Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) The number of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17 percent; in 1994, it was 22 percent.
At restaurants, salads ordered as a main course at either lunch or dinner dropped by half since 1989, to a mere 5 percent, he said.
The nation has long had a complicated relationship with vegetables. People know that vegetables can improve health. But they’re a lot of work. In refrigerators all over the country, produce often dies a slow, limp death because life becomes too busy.
“The moment you have something fresh you have to schedule your life around using it,” Mr. Balzer said.