Fewer than 10 percent of US adults eat enough vegetables
You can see in the chart here that some states fared better than others — but no one did great. California was at the top, but still had only 13 percent of people getting their daily greens. Meanwhile, many of the Southern states (excluding Florida) did particularly poorly. In Tennessee, only 7.5 percent of citizens ate enough fruit, while in Oklahoma 5.8 percent reached the vegetable intake minimum.
The reason public health officials push fruits and vegetables is simple. As the CDC put it, “Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, and helps manage body weight when consumed in place of more energy-dense foods.”
In this chart, you can see that relative to the rest of the world, America does very poorly on this important health measure.
So the next time someone suggests you should be worried about eating too much of any one fruit or vegetable, remember that maybe you should worry about whether you’re eating enough.
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