Only a sliver of Americans eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Just 12% of Americans eat the minimum daily fruit recommendation of one and a half to two cups per day and only 9% consume the minimum daily vegetable recommendation of two to three cups per day, according to the CDC study published on Thursday.
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“The study confirms years of data demonstrating that Americans do not eat their veggies,” Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University, told the Guardian. “Assuming this result is close to reality, it suggests the need for taking much stronger action to make it easier and cheaper to eat fruits and vegetables.”
The study, which broke out groups of Americans by state, class, race and gender, found some subgroups were even less likely to eat enough produce.
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Men, young adults and people living in poverty all had especially low rates of fruit and vegetable intake. While 15.1% of women eat the recommended amount of fruit each day ,just 9.2% of men do the same. Similarly, 11.4% of wealthy Americans eat enough vegetables, but only 7% of poor people did the same.
Because a poor diet is linked to cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes, public health authorities have long endorsed a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.
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Sarah Reinhardt, a nutritionist and food systems analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), said there...
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