Add More Veggies to Your Diet ASAP

TIME Magazine Online, Health: Diet/Nutrition

Nutrition in the News Assignment by Martina Pineda

Article Summary

An article was written titled "Here's Why You Should Add More Veggies to Your Diet ASAP" and published on Time Magazine's online website by Cynthia Sass on March 14, 2016. There are claims made in the article, all of them highlighting the benefits of adding vegetables to a daily diet, and the positives of including them in every meal. Some of these claims include things like "Vegetables can make your skin glow and help you shed pounds without dieting," "Veggies make you more attractive," "Veggies help prevent constipation," and "Veggies help support workouts." She continues the benefits by including how vegetables "boost happiness," "lower risk of chronic diseases," and how vegetables "boost everyday energy." She personalizes the article by providing her own experience; as a nutritionist and registered dietitian, she talks about her experiences with clients and how their goals most likely align with the reader the article. She supplements most, if not all, her claims with evidence from different studies. These studies ranged from one done at University of Nottingham where "strangers viewed photographs of people’s faces and rated the people who are more produce as more attractive than the people who had suntans" to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which concluded that "over a five-year period, both men and women who ate more plant foods and fewer animal foods gained the least weight." She simplifies the benefits of eating vegetables and appeals to readers by providing reasons why they should be included in every meal.

Article Critique

By referring to her credentials and mentioning the researchers that participated in collecting and analyzing he benefits of consuming vegetables, Sass builds a reputation with her audience. By using simple terms and keeping the benefits concise, readers are more likely to remember and apply the ideas they read about. Several of the claims made were superficial--for example, although it is true that vegetables can improve circulation throughout the body and onto the skin surface, she explains this by claiming vegetables will make the reader "more attractive" and provide a "glowing appearance." She also tends to keep the conversation very casual, constantly referring to vegetables as "veggies." She leads the conversation with the readers; by asking and answering her own questions, the reader becomes interested in what she has to say. For example, she states that "most of [her] clients say the main thing they hope to improve by changing their diet is their energy level." She prefaces with "and guess what?" Then continues her thought by saying "veggies can help meet this goal too, especially when they replace refined carbs and processed foods." Other short questions she uses to lead include "the best part?," "why the beauty benefit?," and "veggie-loading, anyone?" Although she highlights important truths about vegetable consumption such as how fiber aids in digestion and how vitamins improve health, she mostly appeals to readers by giving them situations they can relate to and advice they can take. At the end of the article, she gives a specific example of a full day's meal and ends with the guarantee that if the reader continues a similar meal plan, they'd "eat well over the recommended minimum recommendation for veggies." She even continues on to bet that he reader would "notice a tremendous difference in your energy level—even after just one day." With the world moving so quickly, people want fast results. By encouraging the idea that readers are capable of changing their diet and improving their health, and highlighting the thought that changes will appear quickly, Sass does well convincing others to trust her and take her advice. However, although this is not a bad article, it serves to encourage rather than educate -- the benefits of vegetables goes far beyond "glowing skin" and "supporting workouts." Each person is different, and it is important to note that generic advice should be further developed to become applicable to a patient's needs. A reader could further their education by reading articles from academic journals or government run websites that research the specific health improvements that vegetables can aid in.

Work Cited:

Sass, C. (2016). Here's Why You Should Add More Veggies to Your Diet ASAP. Time Inc. <http://time.com/4257605/eat-more-vegetables>