Which States Aren't Eating Their Fruits and Vegetables?
Most Americans still aren’t getting nearly enough fruits and vegetables into their diets.
And that’s particularly true in certain states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Arkansas leads the states where people eat fruit the least. There, according to the CDC report, more than half of the people say they eat fruit less often than once a day. Close behind in passing on fruit are the residents of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
Conversely, California is the top state for fruit eaters with only 30 percent saying they eat it less often than once a day. Other big fruit-eating states are Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon and New Hampshire.
As for veggies, Louisiana is the leader among the states where people abstain most often—about one out of three residents say they don’t eat vegetables every day. Next in line are Mississippi, Arkansas, North Dakota and Indiana.
The top state for vegetable-eating is Oregon, where only about 16 percent of the residents say they don’t eat vegetables at least once a day. It’s followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, California and Maine.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that people eat three to five servings of vegetables daily, and two to four servings of fruit daily.
Unfortunately, in 2013, only 13 percent of Americans consumed that much fruit and a mere 9 percent reached the veggie standard.
To see where your state ranks, see the map at LiveScience.
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