|Eat Fruits and Vegetables Everyday, Stay Healthy All the Way: Healthy Chinese Cuisine Using Fruits and Vegetables, is a booklet (available in PDF format) written by a Registered Dietitian, highlighting the value of eating healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables.
According to a forward, the inspiration for this booklet was the growing obesity problem as well as a low fruit and vegetable consumption among Asian Americans in California. As a result the authors geared toward an Asian-American audience, including text written in both Chinese and English. However, any adult or adolescent interested in new recipe ideas as well as adding some fruits and vegetables in their diet may find this booklet to their benefit. Reading level information is not stated but some words and phrases may be challenging for low-literacy individuals to read.
The book begins by devoting the first few pages to promoting the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, adequate amounts for daily consumption, and healthier methods of cooking. The information provided is evidence based and conforms to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The booklet provides a good quality picture of MyPyramid in English, as well as in Chinese. These two pages could be used in other educational settings were a Chinese version of MyPyramid is needed. Also featured are charts outlining how many fruits and vegetables adults and children should strive for on a daily basis. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in encouraged by using the “color way” to divide up fruits and vegetables by colors to encourage eating a well balanced diet with a wide array of fruits and vegetables. The pamphlet also accomplishes a note worthy job of combining healthy eating with the significance physical activity
The book provides numerous Chinese recipes loaded with fruits and vegetables. The recipes appear compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and some feature appropriate suggestions in order to prevent food borne illness. Each recipe is accompanied by a high quality photograph of the completed product. The ingredients and measure are well listed and step by step directions follow. Nutrition information is provided to in order to display calories, cholesterol, carbohydrate, total fat, saturated fat, sodium, protein and fiber per serving. The recipes tend to be well balanced as well as low in total fat and saturated fat.
While the recipes are healthful, they may not be low cost and the ingredients may not be readily available in all geographic locations. The recipes also include a wide array of ingredients which could potentially be costly for individuals eating on a budget or intimidating for new and inexperienced cooks.
Taken as a whole, the topic matter of the text is well organized and carefully directs the reader’s attention with headings. The booklet takes an action oriented approach to get consumers to eat more fruits and vegetables and include some activity in their daily lifestyle. Though the booklet does not summarize main ideas to reinforce key concepts at the end, it still accomplishes its purpose of promoting healthful eating while keeping flavor and tradition.