According to research sponsored by supplement company MegaFood, 60% of Americans think they eat a very healthy diet. However, many of them fall short of the USDA recommendations. For instance, 62% of adults claim to eat only 1 to 2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, while the USDA recommendation is to eat five or more. In reality, only 6% of Americans consume five or more servings a day, which leaves quite a large nutritional gap. Furthermore, the CDC reports that 30 million Americans are deficient in vitamin B6, which is found in foods like avocados and bananas. Yet, 52% of adults feel that they consume plenty of B6 via their diet. And while over half of adults feel that they can get all of their required nutrients through a healthy diet, that may not be realistic given their true lifestyle. Many Americans have very high-carb/high-sugar diets that are low in nutritional value. According to Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, an integrative medicine specialist, a multivitamin may be a necessary supplement to their diets. Megafood wants to help motivate others to make wise nutritional choices. As part of this effort, they have partnered with Wholesome Wave, a non-profit that empowers poor individuals to choose healthy, fresh, local foods. For every pledge to this effort, MegaFood will donate two servings of vegetables and fruits to people in need, up to 40,000 servings. According to Chef Michel Nischan, Founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, the organization is thrilled to be teaming up with MegaFood to work toward his company’s vision of a cure for nutritional poverty. For more information, visit megafood.com/megapledge to take the one-click pledge.
- 162% Of US adults admit to eating just 1 to 2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
- 2“My experience consistently shows me that a large number of Americans live high-carb, high-sugar, caffeine-overloaded, stressed-out, no-exercise lives,” says Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
- 3The MegaPledge campaign is MegaFood’s next step towards curing nutritional poverty.
More than two thirds (67%) of adults believe they can get all of their nutrients by eating a healthy diet, which simply may not be realistic.
Read the full article at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/americas-nutrition-gap-although-60-of-americans-report-they-eat-a-very-healthy-diet-94-fall-short-of-daily-recommendations-300402521.html
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