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Men Need Nine a Day

by Cascade Ice on March 30, 2011

Carrots and DipEvery since we were little kids, it has been ingrained in us that we need to eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. There are several food and drink products that find ways to sneak in an extra serving here and there and we are all too familiar with that upside down pyramid. Well men, we are about to throw a wrench in your system!

Research shows that men should actually be eating 9 servings of fruit and vegetables daily and many men are in danger of not eating enough. According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, only 4 percent of men say they eat the nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is not near enough for a man with an active lifestyle. If that isn’t alarming enough, it gets worse. More than two-thirds of men are overweight or obese.

So, next time you reach for that candy bar, think about grabbing an apple or banana. If the thought of eating an apple a day has you bummed out, explore new ways to eat fruits and veggies. Try mixing some low fat yogurt, fresh fruit and nonfat milk together for a delicious smoothie or use carrots for dipping instead of chips.