NCI Well Connect
November 27, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that by July of next year, all food and supplement labels will look drastically different? In addition, the daily value (DV) of many macro- and- micronutrients, including their units of measure, will be changing! Don't worry, we will be help you navigate this much anticipated morass.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
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Crushing Fruit, Veggie Stat
Bonnie and Steve: In last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, put out by the CDC, researchers found that the percentage of the adult population in the United States meeting fruit and vegetable intake recommendation was, and still is, catastrophically low. In 2013, 13.1% of respondents met fruit intake recommendations and 8.9% met vegetable recommendations. In 2015, 12.2% met fruit intake recommendations and 9.3% met vegetable intake recommendations.

Based upon this, how can public health experts claim that most Americans get all of their vitamins and minerals from food? This is where the majority of them come from!

Basic government standards for fruit and vegetable consumption is already low. They suggest that adults should consume 1.5-2 cup equivalents of fruits and 2-3 cups of vegetables per day. This is ridiculous. Yet, in 2015, the frequency of reported intake among all subjects screened was one time per day for fruit and 1.7 times per day for vegetables.

As public health educators, we take this personally. We understand that there are crushing outside influences that make increasing fruit and veggie intake difficult, but it is titanically frustrating nonetheless. It is one of these messages that seems, no matter hard we try, is just not getting through.

If you eat enough fruit and veggies, wonderful. If you or family do not, please give yourself a holiday gift by adding one more serving of each per day minimum. Your body will thank you for it in the long run!
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