Life without Fruits & Vegetables

on

Imagine for a minute a life without fruits and vegetables, and only having access to poor quality food. Day after day your meals consist of foods high in sodium, preservatives, and sugar. I couldn’t imagine a life without a good salad. Could you?

Yet, for many people living in rural and urban areas, a life without fresh fruits and vegetables is a reality. These areas are called “food deserts” because there is limited access to healthy foods, as reported in a recent Washington Post article.

The City of Philadelphia, which has the highest poverty level and obesity rate, is trying to eliminate food deserts by partnering with local corner stores to provide fresh fruits and vegetables.

Historically, corner stores in urban areas, are havens for poor quality, cheap foods. Local residents have little to no access to fresh produce, which is necessary for sustaining a healthy diet and helps to eliminate chronic diseases and obesity.

Certainly makes me grateful for the simple things in life, like a salad!

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s