U.S. Today is highlighting a fact that may turn into a time bomb. Teenage kids do not eat enough Fruits and Vegetables on a daily basis. What does this really mean, and what are it's implications? What it means is they are basically having an Acid Diet, and an acid diet is synonym for trouble. Encouraging an alkaline diet for teenagers may be the best way to protect their health both in these developmental years, and in their future. An Acid Diet constitutes mainly Simple Carbohydrates, animal products, and processed foods. This acidity in their bodies is creating a haven for the development of many diseases. It sets the stage for cholesterol problems, heart disease and other degenerative diseases. Fruits and Vegetables are Alkaline Foods and they balance the pH in our bodies to maintain good health. Teenagers, and Children in general, need a strong nutritional foundation in those developmental years. An alkaline diet for teenagers will provide them with the nutrients they need for growing and to prevent diseases that used to be seen only in adults and that, more and more today, we are seeing in kids this age.
By Robert Preidt, HealthDayU.S. high school students still aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to a new study by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.
SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Nov. 23, 2011 Copyright © 2011 HealthDay. All rights reserved.The researchers said their findings indicate that most high school students don't meet the daily fruit and vegetable recommendations for teens who do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day: 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables for females and 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables for males. Teens who get more physical activity need to eat even more fruits and vegetables, the researchers noted. "The infrequent fruit and vegetable consumption by high school students highlights the need for effective strategies to increase consumption," the researchers wrote in the report published in the Nov. 25 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Potentially promising school and community-based strategies include policy and environmental approaches such as farm-to-school initiatives, school gardens, salad bars in schools, and farmers' markets. All of these programs seek to improve access to and availability of fruits and vegetables, the researchers explained. More information The Nemours Foundation outlines how parents can encourage healthy eating among children.The investigators analyzed data from nearly 10,800 students in grades nine through 12 who took part in the National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study 2010, and found that median consumption was 1.2 times per day for both fruits and vegetables.Median daily fruit consumption was much higher among males than females, and much higher among grade nine students than among students in grades 10 and 12.Slightly more than one in four (28.5 percent) of high school students ate fruit less than once a day, and 33.2 percent ate vegetables less than once a day.Vegetable consumption was lowest among Hispanic and black students.