Would it impact your health if you occasionally (i.e. once in 4 or 6 weeks) went for a day without eating any veggies at all, assuming you get your 4-5 servings of vegetables everyday otherwise?
– Purnima Anand
New York, NY
When it comes to nutrition’s effects on health, you need to keep in mind the concept of “general dietary patterns”.
If you consume four to five servings of vegetables 330 days of the year (and, say, none on the other 30 days, which is quite a stretch), you still come out with an average of 3.6 to 4.5 servings per day for that year.
By the way: the lower number assumes four servings per day for 330 days, while the higher figure was calculated using five daily servings for 330 days.
Besides, I’m sure that on the days you don’t eat any vegetables you are eating other healthful foods (ie: seeds, nuts, fruits, whole grains, spices, etc.) that offer fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.