Not berry good

Most U.S. adults con­tinue to skimp on fruits and veg­eta­bles, sur­vey says


Most U.S. adults still aren’t eat­ing nearly enough fruits and veg­eta­bles.

In a large na­tional sur­vey, only 13 per cent said they ate the rec­om­mended amount of fruit each day. And only 9 per cent ate enough veg­eta­bles.

Cal­i­for­nia - a big pro­duce­grow­ing state - ranked high­est for eat­ing both fruits and veg­eta­bles. Ten­nessee was at the bot­tom of the fruit list, and Mis­sis­sippi was last in eat­ing veg­eta­bles.

The gov­ern­ment rec­om­mends that adults eat 1 1/2 to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of veg­eta­bles each day.

Health of­fi­cials have been try­ing to pro­mote fruits and veg­eta­bles - es­pe­cially leafy greens - as healthy al­ter­na­tives to salty, fatty and sug­ary foods. The goal is to curb the na­tion’s obe­sity prob­lem and re­duce di­a­betes, heart dis­ease and other mal­adies tied to bad di­ets.

The find­ings come from a 2013 na­tional tele­phone sur­vey of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion re­leased the study Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cials say it’s dif­fi­cult to com­pare the latest find­ings to pre­vi­ous years be­cause of a change in how the sur­vey was done and how it asked about pro­duce con­sump­tion.

But the amount of fruit and veg­etable eat­ing ap­pears to be hold­ing steady at a dis­ap­point­ingly low level, said the study’s lead au­thor, Late­tia Moore.

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