Diabetes Forecast

Americans Aren’t Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

By Miriam E. Tucker ,
assorted fruit in big bowl


There’s a good chance you’re eating too few fruits and vegetables each day. According  to results of a 2013 national survey of 373,580 randomly chosen American adults, only 13 percent met the government’s recommendation for fruit intake and just 9 percent  ate the advised amount of vegetables. For people who exercise less than 30 minutes  a day, that works out to 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables a day. (People who exercise more may be able to eat more fruits and veggies while staying within their caloric needs.) Consumption varied among states, with California topping the list for both fruit- and veggie-eating. But even there, less than 20 percent of the population met either goal. Do you? 
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published online July 10, 2015



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