Most Americans still don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables

Most Americans still don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables

According to a report published on July 9 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans are still doing abysmally when it comes to eating enough fruits and vegetables. In every state in the union, fewer than one-fifth of adults eat enough produce. With more than one-third of American adults now considered obese, this represents a serious public health issue. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that adults consume 1.5 to two cups of fruit per day and two to three cups of vegetables. However, according to the CDC report, less than 14 percent of Americans met these recommendations for vegetables, and only 18 percent met them for fruits. This is a worse performance than in previous years — between 2007 and 2010, 24 percent of Americans reported eating enough fruit, although the statistics on vegetables were similar.

California was the state where people were the most likely to eat enough fruits and vegetables, largely due to the agricultural productivity in the area, which makes fresh produce both more affordable and tastier because it doesn't have to travel long distances to market. On the other side of the scale, only 6 percent of Mississippians ate enough vegetables, less than half the national average. 

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