Dehydrated vegetable pills are advertised for people who can’t eat the government’s recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

Dehydrated vegetable pills contain such a small amount of processed vegetables that they could never replace eating real food, and getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables is so easy that any reasonable person should be able to meet their requirements.

Vegetables contain thousands of phytochemicals that prevent diseases such as cancer and arteriosclerosis. Some are already known and many are still unknown, For example, peppers contain capsaicin, citrus fruits contain coumarins, berries, peppers, carrots, tomatoes contain flavinoids and tomatoes and fruits contain lycopenes. The volume of one pill is so small that it is unreasonable to expect it to contain the phytochemicals found in vegetables that are many thousands of times its size. Scientists can’t even extract many different phytochemicals. The only way that you can get the benefits of phytochemicals is by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. No pill contains large amounts of phytochemicals.

It is easy to meet the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables, and I think you should eat a lot more. A single banana, an orange and a good-sized vegetable salad will cover the minimum daily requirements. One serving is only a half cup of any fruit or vegetable. A serving is one cup of raw vegetables or fruit or 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables. When you go to the grocery store, start at the produce department.

Checked 9/13/15