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What happens if you don’t eat vegetables?


Q. What happens to a person if they don’t eat vegetables?


A. Consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk for heart diseases, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. That is, those who consumed higher amounts of fruits and vegetables had decreased risk for chronic diseases. See our Top 10 reasons for eating fruits and vegetables. Since most individuals do not meet current recommendations for fruits and vegetables, we encourage eating ‘more’. Easy Ways to Include More Fruits & Veggies in Your Diet.


To work on getting healthier, talk to your doctor a registered dietitian in your area for help. Check out our vegetable and fruit rich recipes to jumpstart your health.

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