If you've seen the new government food guidelines rolled out last month, you know at least a quarter of the foods we eat should be vegetables.
But a Consumer Reports survey shows many people have an extremely narrow palate when it comes to vegetables - and they're missing out on some really nutritious ones!
The vegetable aisle may look pretty, but it's not always the most popular spot in the supermarket.
One shopper told us, "I absolutely don't like vegetables at all. I think they're disgusting."
Another remarked, "I don't like artichokes. Not my favorite."
Consumer Reports National Research Center asked people about 33 different vegetables. It turns out many people rarely venture beyond lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes.
The least favorite vegetable - parsnips!
Believe it or not, the vegetables people eat can be influenced by their sex. Women, for instance, are more likely to eat yellow squash, celery, and broccoli. A favorite for men...
As one male told us, "Probably potatoes."
And it appears age can influence the vegetables you like.
One explained, "I'm not a fan of spinach."
Turns out thirty-somethings are much less likely to eat spinach.
Ginger Skinner with Consumer Reports found, "Unfortunately there's a 'yuck' list when it comes to vegetables.
People told us they rarely or never ate some of the ones that are really good for you."
Those include Swiss chard. Just one cup cooked gives you lots of iron, vitamins, and minerals that are important for growth and supporting your immune system.
Ginger learned, "Bok choy and Brussels sprouts are also unpopular. But both are excellent sources of vitamins C and K and have folate."
Artichokes, another unpopular vegetable, also have vitamin K and folate. They're good for pregnant women and for people concerned about blood sugar and blood pressure.
So next time you head down the vegetable aisle, consider something new. You could be that much healthier for it!
And for you thirty-somethings -it's time to give spinach a chance.
It's an excellent source of nutrients, many of which support growth and the body's immune system.
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