Adults Should Double Produce Consumption to Meet WHO Recommendations Study Finds
UNITED STATES - The newly released Global Phytonutrient Report in the British Journal of Nutrition reveals that in order to meet World Health Organization guidelines, most adults would have to at least double their current produce consumption. According to the study, 60-87% of adults across 13 geographic regions failed to meet this dietary recommendation, putting their bodies at risk for serious long term health problems.
"No matter where they live, many adults today lead busy and active lives and/or may have limited access to some fruits and vegetables," said Dr. Keith Randolph, Nutrition Technology Strategist at the Nutrilite Health Institute and co-author of the study. "That's why it's important for adults to eat whole foods, including fruits and vegetables, whenever possible.”
"Insights from the research highlight a global need for increased awareness of the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption, and phytonutrient intakes,” he added.
These phytonutrients, plentiful in fresh produce, are vital components in promoting eye, bone and heart health, as well as supporting immune and brain function, according to All Africa. Many of these phytonutrients are also important antioxidants which help prevent the damage done to our bodies cellular structure over time.
"Both the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in a person's diet are important," said Mary Murphy, MS, RD, Senior Managing Scientist at Exponent, Inc. and Randolph's co-author. "In order to consume a range of phytonutrients people should aim to meet recommended intakes of fruits and vegetables and eat an assortment of fruits and vegetables."
This study just underscores the important role the produce industry plays in modern society. Our growers do not just supply consumers with a product, they are responsible for a vital component of what makes our bodies live and thrive. If this study is to be believed, it is very clear that we need them now more than ever.