Have you ever wonder what happens if we don’t eat enough of fruits?
Not eating enough of fruits and vegetables might incur serious effects on our body in the long run. Health conditions could arise from deficiencies in one or more nutrients. These deficiencies would normally occur due to a lack of intake of the recommended daily servings of three to five portions each day.
Below are the potential diseases that could occur when we don’t consume enough fruits:
A 2003 study by Children's Hospital in Massachusetts found a positive association between adequate Vitamin C levels and a decreased risk of heart disease in women. Since fruits are one of the primary sources of Vitamin C, a diet that is low or devoid of fruits without supplementation may place you at added risk of heart disease, especially if you have other risk factors such as smoking.
Fruits provide not only important nutrients but are also a good source of dietary fibre. A diet low in fruits, therefore, may lower your fibre intake. A 2011 study by Loma Linda University in California concluded that regular, frequent consumption of foods such as fruits and vegetables lowered the risk of developing colorectal polyps, a precursor to cancer.
Nutrients used by the body often have complex chemical relationships with other nutrients. Vitamin C is no exception. This nutrient helps the body absorb iron. Studies show that women aged 19 to 50 should consume around 18 g of iron daily. Deficiencies in iron could lead to iron-deficiency anemia which is a disease that causes a decrease in the amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or haemoglobin in the blood. Anemia can also be caused from deficiencies in Vitamin A and C, both of which can be found in most fruits. Women of childbearing age and pregnant women are at the greatest risk of developing this condition. This relationship illustrates the importance of a complete diet for optimal health.