Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Greens Keep You Thin!
Lack of Veggies Can Lead To a Life Of Obesity
July 31, 2008 - Reuters - By Terri Coles
TORONTO (Reuters) - Many teenage girls are not getting the nutrients they need to ensure healthy development, putting them at risk for weight-related problems and cardiovascular disease.
Female adolescence is an important time for setting up adult health, as nutritional needs change because of increased growth and the beginning of menstruation, said Andy Bellatti, who runs the popular nutrition blog Small Bites. But studies have shown that on average, teenage girls are not getting enough fiber, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium or vitamins A, E and B in their diets, and are eating too much saturated fat and sodium, said Bellatti, who is also a graduate student in New York University's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health.
"There's a lot of work that needs to be done," he said.