Fruit and Vegetables Content to Teenagers

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Adolescent eating patterns usually are a little difficult to monitor parents than when they were kids. Most teens eat with the origin, an important satiety and rarely eat fruit and vegetables. Though this diet during adolescence will determine his health in the future.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said about 1 in 4 teens in the U.S. eat fruit less than once a day, and about 1 in 3 teens eat vegetables less than once a day.
Fruit and vegetable consumption among adolescents is very low at only 1.2 times per day.

Recommended intake of fruit and vegetables for adolescents as quoted by the CDC from MedicalNewsToday, are:

1. For adolescent girls who exercise less than 30 minutes per day should consume 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables.
2. For the teenage boys who exercise less than 30 minutes per day should consume 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables.
3. For teens who exercise more than 30 minutes a day, recommended by a higher number.

Description: 1 cup equals about one apple, eight strawberries, 12 carrots, tomatoes or one large.

Eating fruits and vegetables have greater range and more durable than dietary counseling and education on the individual targets.

CDC urges schools and communities to adopt environmental policies and approaches that conditioned fruit and vegetables more accessible and available to teenagers and school children. Examples include parks or gardens of fruits and vegetables at school, on school salad bars, and fruit and vegetable market.

According to the CDC, the approach is through the school can improve adolescent access to fruits and vegetables. With reference to the evidence that such factors influence the development of adolescent food preferences, which along with providing greater access, an important influence of food consumption.

So it can be concluded that by conditioning the fruit and vegetables more accessible, can effectively increase bauh and vegetable intake for adolescents and school children.

Fruits and vegetables in daily diet has many positive effects on health, among others:

1. High in fiber can help control blood glucose levels, can reduce cholesterol, and may reduce the risk of colon cancer and other cancers.
2. The content of antioxidants and phytochemicals may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
3. Contains vitamins and minerals essential for good health and disease prevention.