Are You Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies?
Just one in 10 U.S. adults meets federal recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Daily fruit and vegetable guidelines vary from 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day, depending on your age and gender.
In 2015, 9 percent of U.S. adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables and 12 percent for fruit, on average. Fruit and vegetable consumption was lowest in West Virginia, where just 6 percent of adults eat enough vegetables and 7 percent enough fruit. Highest average vegetable consumption was in Alaska (12 percent), and highest fruit consumption was in Washington, D.C. (16 percent).
Men, young adults, and adults living in poverty are the least likely to eat enough fruits and veggies. Barriers to produce consumption include high cost, limited availability and access, and perceived lack of cooking or preparation time. Not having enough fruits and vegetables in your diet increases your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain types of cancer.