Friday, 9 October 2015

Eating Healthy

I don't know what it's like where you happen to live, but over here in the UK we've been encouraged for some time by health experts to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This has lately been increased to seven portions a day because of inflation.

Personally, I think seven, or even five, portions of fruit and vegetables is far too much for anyone to take. Can you imagine munching on a carrot, an apple, a piece of broccoli or spinach, a banana perhaps, (that makes four) and a box of chocolates with fruit centers? That's only five! Still two more portions of this healthy food and I won't have any room for steak and french fries, or pizza or a burger in a large bun.

Obviously the thing to ask these health experts is what do they mean by a portion. Apparently it is the amount of fruit or vegetables which you can hold in the palm of your hand.

So having a large watermelon or a pineapple is OK then; is it?

But before we scoff at this advice given to us in order to lead long and healthy lives, let us look at the science behind the advice.

According to studies carried out by nutriologists and such like boffins the proof of healthy eating is overwhelming.

They had two groups of 50 people. One group of 50 was fed seven portions of fruits and vegetables daily for a period of five years; and the other group of 50 were totally deprived of these items for the same period.

At the end of the five years, out of the group who ate fruits and vegetables daily, two were hit by a bus and died, one drowned when he fell off a bridge, and another broke his leg when he fell off a ladder. The rest did not live any longer than those who did not eat fruits and vegetables, but it sure seemed like it.

Yet the scientists do not relent in their advice to eat fruits and vegetables.

They say the advantage of eating so much vegetation will make us live long enough for our families to despise us and put us in an old peoples' home.

And once there, the staff will care for us so that our relatives don't have to. And to humour us, the staff will no longer force us to have seven portions of fruits and vegetables daily; which will eventually shorten our longevity proving once again that scientists were right in recommending so much fruits and vegetables in our diets.

So there you are. You can either accept experts' advice on this subject or not. Personally, I think it is dangerous to read too much between the lines, especially if you are standing in a railway station.

14 comments:

  1. I agree, eating fruit and veggie's only makes life seem longer. *grin* I guess you know what my philosophy would be? "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW-- What a Ride!" Yeah baby! *lol*
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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    1. Sparky you have a wonderful sense of humour. I love your description of life.

      God bless you always and give you long, happy and healthy life.

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  2. Thanks Victor. My humor pales compared to yours. But, just call my Sparky The Full Monty Python. *giggle*

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    1. Thanx Sparky.

      I didn't realise you like Monty Python. They were great and original. Did you also get Faulty Towers in the USA with John Cleese?

      God bless.

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  3. Well Victor, I eat what I want--who wants to lengthen the time in this proverbial mess of a world. I for one--am anxious to see Jesus and eat with Him at His banquet table! Read my post tomorrow about my vegan tenants--it shares the secret to how they manage to wash all those veggies down!
    Blessings, Friend!

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    1. Hey Lulu,

      We seem to be sparking each other off with subjects to post about. First nudity and now vegetarianism or veganism or whatever it is called.

      I'm always nice to my guests and give vegetarians a choice. They can either eat the roast or whatever meat we have or they can clear off and eat elsewhere. It really is difficult cooking specifically for vegetarians. Unless you give them a can of beans every time.

      I have never understood the logic of vegetarianism. Do epople refuse to eat meat because it is bad for you; or is it because they don't like to see animals die? Whenever I've asked a vegetarian they did not answer as they munched on a stick of celery. A guy I know would not even have leather shoes, or leather sofas, because he is a vegetarian. I happen to know that leather shoes make a lovely soup if you're so inclined.

      God bless you Lulu. You're great fun with your psot subjects. Look forward to tomorrow's vegant tenants. Bet they're green with envy!

      Something else: I noticed that vegetarians are often morose. Why?

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  4. Chocolate with fruit centers!! YES! What a great idea. . .5 servings a day! Thank you!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Hi Cathy,

      Also, chocolate is made from cocoa so it counts as an extra serving too.

      God bless you.

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  5. LOL!!!! Victor, you brighten my day! Thank you so much for visiting and linking up with me today! It is always a joy to visit with you and I mean that literally. GOD bless you, my friend! :-)

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    1. We look forward to your many returns here Tai. There's plenty to smile about. Click the Giggles and Fun tab at the top.

      God bless.

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  6. Thank you! Will do! GOD bless! :-)

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  7. We have the same nutritionists telling us the same the same thing here. Actually a better word than "telling" would be "nagging." :)

    Hey I know you stopped by, but perhaps your readers would like to see pictures I took of the Papal Mass in NYC from the other week. Here:
    http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/2015/10/faith-filled-friday-photos-from-papal.html

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    1. Thank you Manny.

      They are great photos of the Pope's visit to the USA.

      God bless.

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