For someone who is as concerned as I am about weight management, you�d think that I would have more interest in government studies and scientific research about diet. But I�m afraid that I�m a little cynical about the influence the agricultural lobby has over the government and science in general, and so I tend not to get too excited about their reports and findings on healthy eating guidelines.
For one thing, I really am skeptical about the five servings of fruits and vegetables that are often cited as a healthy baseline. It simply doesn�t seem like enough. What�s that? They raised it to ten? Right. Whatever. Who is coming up with these servings and how are they distinguishing between different varieties and categories?
I confess that over the past few years I�ve become a vege-fanatic. No. Not a vegetarian. Simply a fan of vegetables. I have them almost every day for breakfast, and quite often as a snack. And the more I eat them, the more natural it is to have them around a lot.
Last week, however, as I was tossing a bag of frozen veggies into a container to be steamed in the microwave, I happened to glance at the label. ‘Five servings.’ Five? Five what? Five two year-olds? I tried to picture some person steaming up this bag, putting it on a platter and serving it to a family of five. Who gets the carrot? Who gets that piece of cauliflower?
By the standards set out by researchers, my consumption of fruits and vegetables today consisted of somewhere between 15 � 20 �servings.� Don�t forget, tho, that a banana is two servings (I wonder what I�m supposed to do with the other half?). And that was in addition to the other sources of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins I had.
I guess listening to the agribusiness lobby to tell me how few fruits and vegetables I�m supposed to eat is nothing to get worked up about. In fact it just �serves� me right for reading the label.