A study published by the General Secretariat of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that “daily consumption of fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest and certain types of cancer.”
As you know, consuming five fruits and vegetables a day is part of a healthy diet and although not doing so will not kill you immediately, it can cause you to lose years of life.
Institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO), agree that the consumption of fruits and vegetables can prevent certain diseases, also states that “it is estimated that each year could save 1.7 million lives if it were increased enough the consumption of fruits and vegetables”.
Mexico is currently among the countries with the highest rate of obesity, as indicated by the OECD, which places it together with Hungary, New Zealand and the United States within countries where 30% -or more- of its adult population suffers from this condition.
The situation of children is not very different from that of adults, since the article states that “childhood obesity has become one of the most serious public issues of the 21st century”. Declares that obesity in children can cause pulmonary and cardiovascular problems; In addition to depression and problems in their self-esteem.
According to the study, in Mexico, overweight occurs more in girls than in boys.
To remedy this type of situation WHO recommends “the intake of a minimum of 400 grams per day of fruits and vegetables (excluding potatoes and other starchy tubers).”