Whilst our overall food consumption has ebbed and flowed in small degrees, veggie consumption - for the most part - remains dismally low for the American majority, who have apparently remained as distasteful of the green stuff as adults as they were as youngsters.

Fruit vs Veg

A mere 14% of US adults consume the 3 cups of vegetables recommended each day, with most people still deferring to fruit in hopes that sweeter, more palatable fruit will fulfill their need for fiber and micronutrients. Unfortunately, while fruit is a healthy option that should be consumed in 1-2 cup quantities each day, the sweet stuff is no substitute for non-starchy vegetables, whose low Calorie content makes them crucial to health and wellness, as well as weight management.

The nutritional profiles of fruit and veggies are widely disparate, despite both containing high amounts of certain vitamins crucial to immune health, cellular metabolism, and general health. If you’re trying to lose weight and promote health and wellbeing, cellular function, and digestive regularity, it’s essential that green veggies are a common fixture on your plate.

So what’s a veggie-averse adult to do?

First, experiment!

Many adults form opinions on vegetables before their taste buds are fully developed. Many adults find that they enjoy vegetables they loathed as children after repeat exposure. If you hated cucumbers as a kid, try them again now - there’s a chance your preferences have changed.

Be creative!

Vegetables are not one-size fits all: many eaters detest the texture of cooked veggies but enjoy the crunchy flavors of raw cucumbers, bell peppers, and crudites. Experiment with different textures, and never write a veggie off at first glance. Always give a veggie at least three chances in preparation before writing it off entirely.

If you’re averse to pungent vegetables, seek out mild or sweet flavor profiles. Cucumbers, salad greens, carrots, cauliflower, and zucchini are typically well tolerated even among veggie-shy eaters.

Be consistent!

If you’re still not warming to the idea of regular vegetable consumption, be consistent and persistent. It takes time for tastebuds to change, and many foods that are unpalatable at first exposure become much more appealing after a period of time. Create a regular schedule of consumption and vary your intake, staying open to different preparations and types to give your taste buds the opportunity to grow and develop.