Why do we eat enough fruits and vegetables? Good for health but neglected. What are the reasons that detract?

It is a fact clear: we do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Despite advertising campaigns, physician recommendations, warnings against the risk of obesity, the expected results are disappointing. In the U.S., the situation is worrying, but, contrary to what one might think, it is also in France. Why fruits and vegetables are they left out when filling the basket? Why is the health factor does not seem a sufficient argument to convert us spinach and broccoli? Investigation.

Some figures from studies in the United States and France

United States, a study conducted in 2005 on the consumption of fruits and vegetables Americans found that only 27.2% of adults ate vegetables three or more times per day. This excluded, of course, French fries or fried potatoes! Another survey showed that only 23% of meals included a vegetable, that figure can be estimated over reality when we know that the lettuce in a burger was accepted. In France, a report of 2009 indicates that the famous slogan “five fruit and vegetables a day” is followed by 5 to 10% of the population. 60% of French adults are below the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that eating 400 grams of fruit and vegetables a day.


Disappointing results, improvements still awaited

These figures show that consumption of fruits and vegetables is far below the targets set by health authorities. The nutritional advice is not followed enough, and the consumption of these products good for our body increases very little. Worse, the U.S., she knows even lower after twenty years of public health initiatives in food. These studies highlight large disparities within the population. United States as in France, it is the young and low-income households that consume less fruit and vegetables, while individuals aged over 65 are eating more. What do the results so disappointing? We did not, at present, found a satisfactory solution to this problem? Sure. What more you tell people what to do, unless they do it? Certainly, and this applies to many other areas. But there are other reasons, more accurate, for which we do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Why does she eat one not easily fruits and vegetables?

The main reason is the lack of time, especially good for vegetables that need a preparation to be tasted, and much less for fruits that are eaten more readily. In our society where every minute counts, eating vegetables and cooking means cooking takes time that people have not or prefer to book other activities. Before worrying about his health, you care about her daily life, and it remains to find a way to match two things: convenience and health.

One reason that is often, and yet is rather strange, is that of price. Incorrectly assessed as expensive products, we buy little or irregularly. There is unfortunately a time lag, difficult to erase, between the idea that if people are doing and the reality. Fruits and vegetables are generally cheaper than meat or fish, then the issue of money should not be a hindrance to their consumption. Do not consume enough fruits and vegetables is a bad habit in childhood or later, and it is very difficult to change behavior. We are better informed about the risks and benefits related to the way we eat, but not willing, so far, to change our diet.