Americans Not Eating Their Fruits and Veggies

By Charlie Nardozzi

Many Americans are familiar with the "5 A Day" program that encourages people to eat more whole fruits and vegetables. Although the U.S. government, food advocacy groups, and public health officials have been promoting the advantages of increasing our fruit and vegetable consumption for years, apparently the news is falling on deaf ears.

A recent study by The Johns Hopkins University has shown that Americans did not increase their whole vegetable and fruit consumption between 1998 and 2002. The study looked at almost 9,000 individuals and found that only 28 percent met USDA guidelines for fruit consumption, and only 32 percent met USDA guidelines for vegetable consumption. That was an actual decrease in vegetable consumption (even when you include French fries) when compared with a 1988 to 1994 study. Also, 62 percent didn't consume any whole fruit servings, and 25 percent didn't eat any whole vegetable servings. Minorities and poorer individuals tended to consume less than the average.

For more information on America's vegetable- and fruit-eating habits, go to: Johns Hopkins Gazette.

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