A recent report by the CSIRO has confirmed what many of us would intuitively known. The average Australian diet is shortchanging people on essential micronutrients that are gained from eating WHO guidelines 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruits per day.
The degree to which we fall short is startling but not surprising. With our lives becoming filled with kids activities, increased working hours and the curse of being always available on the mobile more and more work and leisure time is overlapping. This leads to a reliance on convenience food and a reduction in the home cooked dinners and home packed lunches.
On average just 15% of men and 24% of women consume the recommended daily amounts of these key nutrition rich gifts of nature.
In commenting on the study Professor Noakes CSIRO Research Director and co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet says "Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat is one of the simplest ways Australians can improve their health and wellbeing today as well as combat the growing rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a third of all cancers,"
"Diets high in fruit and vegetables have been shown to improve psychological and physical markers of wellbeing. In particular, phytochemicals from fruit and vegetables reduce systemic inflammation which can lead to chronic disease," explains Professor Noakes.
Full report available here
Coconut Greens can help if you diet is lacking the daily recommended serves of vegetables with the equivalent of 8-10 serves of green vegetables in each scoop plus it gives you 78% of recommended daily iron intake.
The added benefit is that it is quick easy and tastes great with water or in your favourite smoothie even sprinkled in oats...