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This topic is adapted from the Life Noggin YouTube channel.

It’s fine to not like some foods. You probably didn’t like veggies as a little kid. But what if you never ate fruits and veggies?

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Video Highlights:

  • Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. These include vitamins A, B, C, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants.
  • What would happen if you cut out all fruits and vegetables? First, your hair would become dried and frayed, your vision would worsen, and you might even lose nighttime vision.
  • Your gums might turn purple, you’d probably lose some teeth.
  • If you got wounded, it wouldn’t heal properly, and you’d have scabs and scars all over.
  • You’d probably become depressed, tired, and irritable.
  • Lack of potassium would be tough on your heart, and might lead to irregular heartbeat.
  • Your digestive system would go haywire! You’d feel pretty sick all the time.
  • Your immune system would have a bad time, too, and without it guarding you from disease, you’d likely get sick a lot.
  • Your neurological system wouldn’t fare too well, either. It might even lead to some degeneration. Yikes!
  • Ouch! Muscle spasms would happen from lack of potassium and magnesium.
  • The nutrients in fruits and vegetables help your body fight and prevent long-term diseases like cancer. Without them, you can look older and be at a higher risk for other conditions.
  • Vitamin supplements can help, but they leave out a lot of stuff, so quitting fruits and vegetables outright is a bad idea!

As you can see, it’s important to get essential nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Even if some stuff is gross to you, find out what you do like and make sure to eat it regularly. And be open to trying new fruits and vegetables. You never know what you’ll like, and it can help you be healthier in the long-run.

Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What’s your favorite snack that isn’t a fruit or vegetable?
  4. What are some of your favorite fruits and vegetables? What are some that you don’t like? Why?
  5. Does your family have a history of certain diseases or conditions? Or do you have a special medical issue? Explain.
  6. What steps should you take to eat healthier?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.