For many of us, childhood memories of being forced to eat soggy, bland vegetables like plain canned carrots or spinach (before we could have dessert!) took away a lot of the appeal and interest in eating vegetables today. This is a shame – and a problem – as U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults eat 2 to 2½ cups of vegetables per day, but 90% of us do not meet this goal, probably in some part due to those negative childhood memories.

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