Alarmingly few Americans are eating their fruits and veggies

Alarmingly few Americans are eating their fruits and veggies

Most people admit they don't eat their fruits and vegetables as they should -- but you'll be surprised at just how few do.

A stunning new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that just 15 percent of U.S. adults eat enough fruits daily to meet the federal recommendations.

It’s an alarming total that dips to its lowest in the state of Tennessee, where just 7.5 percent of adults eat enough fruits to meet recommendations, according to a Reuters report.

And what about vegetables? Well, it’s even worse. People may not like eating fresh fruit as often as they should, but they like their veggies even less.

Lead author Latetia V. Moore, who works at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, said that fruit and vegetable consumption has been low for years, but the agency has found a way to take a deep look at each state in this category.

It’s the southern states that are lowest in fruit and vegetable consumption, but all across the United States the numbers are disappointingly low, according to the report.

To make their findings, Moore and other researchers looked at the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey for all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and used both state-reported numbers and a new scoring procedure.

Half of respondents consumed fruit less than once per day and vegetables fewer than 1.7 times per day in 2013.

Federal guidelines suggest that Americans who get less than 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on a daily basis should attempt to eat between 1.5 and 2 cups of fruits and up to 2 to 3 cups of veggies. More active people can eat more because they burn more calories.

Just 13 percent of U.S. residents ate enough fruit, and 8.9 percent ate enough vegetables to meet recommendations, according to the report.

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