Try New Veggies 7/18/11

If you've seen the new government food guidelines, you know we should eat more vegetables.

Published On: Jul 18 2011 12:00:00 AM CDT
Try New Veggies

 The vegetable aisle may look pretty, but it's not always the most popular spot in the supermarket. 

"I absolutely don't like vegetables at all. I think they're disgusting."

"I don't like artichokes. Not my favorite."  

Consumer Reports National Research Center asked people about 33 different vegetables. It turns out many people rarely venture beyond lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. The least favorite vegetable - parsnips!  

Believe it or not, the vegetables people eat can be influenced by their sex. Women, for instance, are more likely to eat yellow squash, celery, and broccoli. A favorite for men?

"Probably potatoes."  

And it appears age can influence the vegetables you like. 

"I'm not a fan of spinach."  

Turns out thirty-somethings are much less likely to eat spinach.    "Unfortunately there's a 'yuck' list when it comes to vegetables. People told us they rarely or never ate some of the ones that are really good for you," says Ginger Skinner of Consumer Reports.

Those include Swiss chard. Just one cup cooked gives you lots of iron, vitamins, and minerals that are important for growth and supporting your immune system.  

"Bok choy and Brussel sprouts are also unpopular. But both are excellent sources of vitamins C and K and have folate," says Skinner.