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Here’s what happens to your body when you stop eating fruits and veggies

Published on:24 August 2021, 17:00pm IST
There’s a reason why everyone tells us not to miss out on fruits and veggies. If you do, you are going to land yourself in trouble. Here’s all that you need to know.
Geetika Sachdev
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Eat adequate quantities of fruits and veggies. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Haven’t we heard everyone – from our mothers and nutritionists to everyone else – say that fruits and veggies are essential for health? It’s all for a reason! But the unfortunate part is that most of us do not get the recommended amount of fruits and veggies. For the unversed, two cups of fruit and 2.5-3 cups of veggies must be consumed every day. 

Why is it that fruits and veggies are so important? Well, it is said that the more colourful your plate, the healthier it is. They are packed with a range of nutrients to improve your health. Not only do they taste amazing, but also contribute to your growth and development. 

But what if you miss out on them? Here are a few things that could happen to your body. 

1. Your body might lack fibre

We already know that fruits and veggies are packed with fibre, and especially their peels, we’d say. If you are someone who eats meat and fat all the time, try to balance your diet with fresh produce in the form of apples, kiwi, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, and berries. Moreover, fruits and veggies generally contain high water content, so as to prevent bloating and promote hydration in your body. 

Also, read: Science says eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily can help you live a long and healthy life

2. Your skin looks dull

Both fruits and veggies are high in antioxidants, and work well for your skin. Not only do they reduce acne and redness, but also dry spots. But if you consume a balanced diet, you will get clear and soft skin. The action of antioxidants helps prevent ageing, and decreases the appearance of wrinkles. 

lack of fruits and veggies in your diet
Fruits and vegetables are a must in your diet. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. You may suffer from a deficiency of vitamins and minerals

Most vitamins, including A, C and K are found in foods that are yellow, red, orange and green. This means you can get your dose of nutrients from bell peppers, kiwi, melon, citrus fruits, apples and leafy greens. So, if you don’t eat enough, you could lower your immunity, affect eye health, deplete your brain cells and cause fatigue. 

4. Your nails and hair might suffer

We might believe that it isn’t important, but not getting enough nutrients can also cause brittle nails and limp hair? That’s because your hair and nails need a sufficient amount of antioxidants, vitamin A and E, biotin, iron and other nutrients to grow. 

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.