A poll I came across in USA Today asked 1300 adults “why we don’t fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables,” per the new MyPlate recommendations. Reasons listed are:
- They are too expensive (30%)
- They don’t pair well with some meals (27%)
- Half a plateful is too much (21%)
- They aren’t always served (21%)
While I do fear government overlords, I actually love the new “plate” model, which is a huge improvement over the food pyramid. Because the only actual pyramid shape I find in our kitchen is what happens when the dirty dishes creep towards the ceiling on a week when I’m watching too much baseball. Visualizing the amount of space on a plate, now that kind of works.
So the survey here poses a great question, and I’m glad they asked. But there are *major* answers missing. Are these really the only big reasons people don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables? I know you can think of more, and I don’t want to bias or ruin it by filling in the blanks myself. Feel free to rant a little if you want, get it all out, it’s therapeudic. Because there are many reasons why this is a challenge.
It’s like Family Feud really, which by the way is occasionally awesome as this 2 minute video proves. So, Internet family…what are the reasons you, kids, or people in general, don’t eat 50% fruits and veggies?