Americans’ Diet Causes Preventable Disease—Can We Help Solve This Problem?

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Debbie Meyer

Debbie Meyer, healthy eating expert and co-CEO of Housewares America, Inc., discusses how people can eat healthier by extending the life of produce.

Eating a healthy diet is seen by many Americans as expensive, boring and conducive to waste. Healthy eating expert Debbie Meyer says that the apathy surrounding eating healthy is due to early food spoilage and prohibitive costs that make getting the right nutrition impossible—but new technology could save lives.


 (Clearwater, FL) October 30, 2019—According to a recent study by researchers at Tufts University, inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables contributes to 1.5 million deaths per year, worldwide, from stroke, and 1.3 million deaths from coronary heart disease.1 “One reason for this level of preventable death,” says healthy eating expert, Debbie Meyer , who is co-founder and Co-CEO of Housewares America, Inc., and is a world leader in food freshness technology, extending the usable life of food,, “is that people think eating fresh fruit and vegetables costs too much and is too much trouble.” Meyer adds, “That’s not true, and it is a false belief that is deteriorating the quality of people’s lives.”

In the United States, recent research shows that dietary habits have improved slightly over the past 20 years.2 There is, however, much room for improvement. An analysis of 2018 data by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that if the American populace had been consuming fruits and vegetables at the rate recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services3, it would have reduced the overall risk of cardiovascular death by 12.8 percent, during that year saving over 100,000 lives and reducing medical costs by $32 billion.4

A contributing factor to the nation’s failure to eat a balanced diet appears to be a significant level of sheer unfamiliarity with the elements of healthy nutrition. A recent survey of 2,000 Americans about their vegetable preferences revealed that a staggering number of respondents—approximately one-fourth of the total sample—had never so much as eaten a single vegetable. However, when asked why they had never eaten vegetables, the bulk of these respondents said either that:

  1. Produce rots before they can eat it, or that
  2. Vegetables are simply too expensive.5

“These top objections”, notes Meyer, “can easily be dealt with by purchasing produce in bulk and storing it in such a way as to extend its freshness”. And, Meyer adds, “there are a number of effective ways to do that”. Her own company, in fact, provides an extensive list of technologically-advanced products designed to maintain and extend the freshness of produce and baked goods. In rigorous Independent Lab Tests conducted by Nova Biologicals, Debbie Meyer packaging and storage products were used to store strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, broccoli, iceberg lettuce and numerous other produce examples. When used as directed, the stored foods showed no sign of deterioration for periods of up to 21 days.

“We have been in this business for 14 years for two main reasons,” Meyer says. “One is helping people and the other is helping the planet—our way of doing both is by extending the life of food, economically. We make it possible—and not just possible, but easy—to have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand to facilitate a healthy diet. It’s disastrous that a huge amount of food —about 40 percent in North America—is wasted, thrown out or uneaten.”

“If one looks at population growth on the one hand and degradation of farmland on the other, it is apparent that we can’t afford to keep /wasting food, or not eating healthy food due to it going bad before it’s consumed. The problem is compounded in Emerging Nations”.

“Our message is simple: Reduce Food Waste, Eat Better, Save Money, Help Save The World.”


About DEBBIE MEYER® and Housewares America:

Housewares America, Inc. was co-founded by Debbie and her husband, Neville Meyer, and operates successfully on a unique business model created by them. Housewares America markets the DEBBIE MEYER® line of products in all areas of consumer demand, including home-shopping networks, regular retail, catalogs TV and internet. The Debbie Meyer brand is highly successful in the United States, and Internationally. The newest advancement on the existing DEBBIE MEYER® consumer products in the marketplace is an all natural Freshness Additive, Debbie Meyer CZZ™, specifically formulated for commercial and industrial use, to be incorporated into packaging for the retail marketplace.​ Debbie Meyer Food Fresh TechnologyTM is a ground breaking advancement in the science of keeping foods fresh longer, extending shelf life and reducing spoilage—extending usable life from field to table.​ The technology is Independent Laboratory tested, conducted by ​Nova Biologicals, Inc. (an FDA and EPA, GLP Microbiology Laboratory) for efficacy and proven to work as claimed.

Debbie, known as the “Home Problem Solver™ and The Original Green Lady™ is an inventor and entrepreneur and holds many patents. Her many successful products are a testament to her ability to identify with and meet the needs of millions of people. Visit her at https://www.debbiemeyer.com/

  1. Slachta, Anicka, “Poor fruit, vegetable intake responsible for millions of CV deaths,” Cardiovascular Business, June 18, 2019.
  2. Reichel, Chloe, “American diets have gotten a little healthier, but still fall short of guidelines,” Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center Journalist’s Resource, September 26, 2019.
  3. “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2019.
  4. “Delivering on the Dietary Guidelines,” Union of Concerned Scientists, 2019.
  5. Renner, Ben, “Stunning Survey Reveals Quarter Of Americans Have Never Eaten Vegetables,” Study Finds, October 8, 2019.

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