Vegetables Are Overrated & You Don't Need Them to Be Healthy

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vegetables Growing up, my parents (and grandparents) had a dinner table rule for my brother, sister, and me: If you wanted in on the Clean Plate Club, then you had to finish everything on your plate. The rules were plain and simple. That is ... until we noticed the vegetables. My brother hates veggies. It didn't matter how hard you begged or how viciously you threatened him -- there was nothing on this earth that would ever, ever, ever make him choke down a broccoli spear without gagging. He'd sit at the table all night, too, to avoid to the icky taste. On the other hand, I love the little green monsters. I think they keep you healthy, nourished, and alert. So it's amazing to me that my brother -- 6'4" and a former three-season athlete in high school and college -- could be just as healthy (if not more) as I am.

He's living, breathing, and buff proof that eating your veggies doesn't really matter as much as we say it does.

You could throw every fact and figure at me that affirms the health benefits of eating vegetables far surpass those the benefits when you don't eat your veggies, but still, I don't care. I feel like the more I ask around, the more people I know who survived not eating their veggies at meal times.

Even my own parents say at a certain point, it became more of a hassle to try and get us to eat foods we hated. They'd rather us eat what we liked and what we enjoyed so that we actually ate what was on our plates versus listening to us moan and groan through every meal. Not to mention, I'm sick more often than my brother is. Me, the veggie eater, cooped up in bed with a high fever or a cold or the flu more times than my veggie-hating big brother. A little ironic, don't ya think?

As part of his fitness routines, he downs protein shakes like nobody's business but takes no other supplements to "make up" for the nutrients he's not getting in veggies. Go figure. Further proof that not all bodies need those nutrients to live well and live heathfully.

In our own mental catalogue of foods we love and foods we hate, there's some story or association attached. Maybe you hate beans because you once got the flu shortly after eating them, or maybe you can't stand the gross consistency of cottage cheese. Maybe you hate spinach because your childhood was tainted by long mealtimes staring down the squiggly veggie. Did avoiding these foods leave you worse off? I'm gonna go ahead and say no, they didn't.

In my opinion, the same goes for veggies. I might love them and think they're important as all hell, but if I've got 6'4" proof that they're not a life necessity, I'm not going to kill myself trying to incorporate the green stuff into every meal.

Does letting your kids skip their veggies make you a bad parent?

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nonmember avatar SMonserrate

Sounds to me like your mother knew the importance of a varied diet that contains vegetables. The basis for every child's health is a strong foundation in early childhood and infancy. This is likely to be the explanation for your brother's health. She probably also found creative ways to incorporate veggies into his diet. Its great that you were able to eat your veggies when you were younger, I always hated to eat them. Now that I am a mother I only want the best for my children.

lalab... lalaboosh

Ummmmm. Blog fail.

Estel... EstellaHavisham

I didn't know there was a correlation between vegetable induced health, height, and playing high school basketball. If that's the case, I should be dead. 

If the blogger got paid to write this, I'm going to kill myself. This is abominable. I'm actually aggravated at myself for contributing both a page view and a comment, but I just couldn't help myself. I'm so blown away I used "myself" three times in a row... look, there's a fourth! 


pupuk... pupukeawahine

He's young but it will catch up with him.  My mother and her six siblings were born on a farm.  Besides working hard, they had plenty of fruits, nuts and vegetables (as well as their own chicken, pork and beef) and they also had their own small mixed orchard and vegetable garden for personal family use, besides what they grew for sale.  What they couldn't eat fresh, they preserved for rest of the year.  After the seventh child was born their father died (I never knew my grandfather) and a few years later the farm was sold and they moved to town and were raised in semi-poverty conditions by my grandmother.  Obviously, they did not eat as well.  The older children are now elderly and still doing well.  The younger children have had all sorts of old-people problems well before their time--macular degeneration (blindness) diabetes, cancer, heart disease, while their older siblings are relatively healthy!  A few of the youngest have passed on, and the oldest three are still alive.  I honestly think it could be because they ate so well as children, and the others did not.  It may not show up now for this brother, but eventually it could bite him in the butt once he becomes middle-aged.

curly... curlygirl31

Just because someone is tall does not mean they are healthy. Every thing you do to your body when you are young will effect your health in the future.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Amazing, I think this may actually be the STUPIDEST thing to ever be on this blog.

xiolxuo xiolxuo

This blog was incredibly stupid and I hope you feel ashamed of yourself for writing this.

jrl90 jrl90

wow this was such a stupid article that I thought for sure Mary Fischer wrote it.

nonmember avatar SueBradley

My 101 year old grandmother swears she's never eaten a vegetable (other than potatoes) in her life. She hates them, and doesn't like many fruits, either. She eats either chicken or beef, along with some type of potatoes, every night. I think it's much more about your genetics than what you eat.

nonmember avatar kerry

an anecdotal story about your brother can absolutely not be used a "proof" about anything.

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