The Myth: “Eating Vegetables and Fruits is Healthy”
Before saying anything else, let me make an important clarification:
I am not implying that eating vegetables and fruits is unhealthy, nor am I suggesting that people should not eat any vegetables or fruits.
My bone of contention with the whole “vegetables and fruit are double plus good for you” myth goes something like this- Where is the evidence that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits has any benefit beyond that derived from moderate intake? Most of the important vitamins and other essential stuff from vegetables/fruits can now be obtained in synthetic forms. Many of the non-fresh vegetable/fruit products eaten by us are now routinely enriched with synthesized versions of vitamins and other essential nutrients.
Have you noticed that most developed countries in the world have very similar average life expectancies inspite of different diets? While the incidence of various diseases in populations is variable, total mortality from all causes is rather consistent. Why would that be so?
Why don’t people who live in countries that eat far more fresh vegetables and fruits NOT live significantly longer than those who do not? Why are the average life expectancies of the average french, greek, spanish, japanese, australian, canadian and uruguayan so similar? Their cuisines and eating habits are certainly not similar!
I believe that the whole vegetable and fruit meme is a fraud propagated by CONservative and LIEbrals to cover the adverse effects of income inequality and poor/costly healthcare on life expectancy.
It is another variant of the classic scam- blame the victim.
The unpleasant truth is that good stable incomes and affordable/accessible healthcare have a far bigger impact (direct and indirect) on life expectancy and disease burden than eating lots of vegetables and fruits.