“Vegetables have so many benefits like being rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber,” says Maggie Michalczyk, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Once Upon a Pumpkin.
Not eating enough veggies can have many negative effects on your body and health. Here are 9 signs you may not be eating enough veggies.
1- Your mood is low.
“Vegetables are an important source of numerous vitamins and minerals that are necessary for our body’s critical functions. If you aren’t eating enough vegetables and the primary source of energy in your diet is from high fat, high carb, or highly processed foods then you are likely getting a burst of energy followed by a crash after most meals.
This can result in fatigue, memory loss, and changes in your mood,” says Michalczyk. “Swapping these high-fat foods for more nutrient-dense foods like vegetables will prevent you from feeling that crash. It will also give you sustained energy for a longer period of time.
Similarly, the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables can play an important role in your mood regulation. Some studies suggest that there is a relationship between diet and mood and diets low in fruits and vegetables are associated with higher risk for depression.”