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Eat Your Greens, or Your Gut Gets It


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, diet, research, news, food, illness, healthcare, humans, study, prevention, nutrition, Body-Mind-Spirit )

Cal
- 979 days ago - motherjones.com
While Big Food rams its Tater Tots and frozen pizza school lunch agenda through Congress, we're learning more about the effects of diets high in starchy foods and low in green vegetables. And it's not pretty.



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Joe Shults (37)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:46 am
Thanks for the article and noted.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:22 am
interesting post, thanks Cal, noted
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:01 am
thanks, good to know
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 18, 2011, 6:26 am
Thanks for sharing this important information!
 

Kisha B. (5)
Friday November 18, 2011, 10:48 am
What is weird is that vets already KNOW this, since rabbits are supposed to eat 3 leafy greens per day at the minimum for healthy digestion - so why did we need to test it on mice to "discover" it?

But, seriously, it is the parents job NOT the school, or government to teach healthy eating habits. Pack your kids a lunch instead of giving them lunch money. We all know at the current education budget even if schools were to offer veggies, they would be cheap canned gross veggies that kids wouldn't like anyway, or coated in cheese/butter (like all-you-can-eat buffets that are cheap, such as golden corral)... not organic, fresh, good quality veggies. And the people who make it would make even the fresh ones gross.

When I go to the grocery store and buy veggies (which makes up about 50% of my shopping budget) the kids (teens) ringing them up never even know WHAT the items are, they always have to ask, or if they don't ask they get it wrong. Last time I went, nectarines were a mystery fruit to the cashier and cabbage was "romaine lettuce" to her. This isn't a failure of the school system, it is a failure of the parents to offer a healthy diet at home so vegetables look alien.
 

Sue M. (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 11:29 am
noted
 

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Friday November 18, 2011, 2:05 pm
noted
 

Barbara Goheen (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:12 pm
interesting post, thanks
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:32 pm
There is a rumor that Michelle Obama is campaigning for healthier foods for children. As there has been no progress made in this area, this should be forwarded to her.She certainly isn't working with the FDA, or even the surgeon general.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 2:55 pm
Noted with thanks.
 

Carmen S. (607)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:31 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday November 18, 2011, 4:23 pm
Great article. Thanks for the post.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday November 18, 2011, 5:01 pm
Thank you
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Friday November 18, 2011, 6:20 pm
Love my greens. And have always given my dogs their greens, too, daily. It was like dessert to them. Great post Kisha.
 

Jessica S. (178)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 2:21 am
I'm fortunate enough to have a locally-owned grocery store that sources exclusively from local farmers--and the dark leafy greens are in abundance! Lately, I've been "pigging out" on kale, Swiss chard, spinach, and sorrel. Bok Choy is next!

And for those of you who grimace at the thought of greens, try sauteing them with some balsamic vinegar, throwing in some onions, chives, and red bell pepper, and topping with nutritional yeast. Delicious!
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 5:38 am
thanks
 

Margaret M. F. (0)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 6:03 am
Thank-you for the informative article. Jessica C., your recipe sounds wonderfully delicious!
 

Sarah C. (15)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 6:37 am
Truly informative, thanks.
 

Kathryn Edwards (22)
Saturday November 19, 2011, 10:29 am
Thanks for the article and Jessica C. thanks for the recipe sounds like just what I need and like.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 5:46 am
Parents are the ones that need to teach their kids about healthy eating, thats what my parents did, they showed me to eat lots of fruits and veggies.
 

Jo Asprec (0)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 8:15 am
Thanks for the helpful information. Let's eat more leafy green vegetables.
 

Kisha B. (5)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 9:17 am
Jessica, sounds interesting. : ) What I do with greens I don't like is hide them in other things until my taste buds adjust to them (and I can't actually taste it, so it's a pain free way) fajitas, stir fries, even mashed potatoes (which still taste just like potato, even if you add lima beans, broccoli, spinach etc and mash them all up together).
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 1:14 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Lika S. (130)
Monday November 28, 2011, 9:44 pm
Well, we do love our green veggies here at our house... We eat cabbage, brussel sprouts, spinach, salad with dark green lettuce, bell peppers, etc... And we don't have to hide it. :) Now if I could lose weight...
 

naomi cohen (60)
Thursday December 29, 2011, 10:36 pm
greens are vital for the human body to stay healthy. if you don't have enough of them, you should get a supplement vitamin.
 
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