According to a new government report, most Americans still don’t eat vegetables often enough, and fruit consumption is actually dropping.
Last year about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day. That’s down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000 and only 26 percent of Americans ate vegetables three or more times a day, the same as in 2000.
The state with the highest fruit consumption was California and Tennessee led the Sates for vegetable consumption. Oklahoma was at the bottom of the list for fruit and South Dakota had the lowest vegetable consumption. Not a single state met the federal goals of three-quarters of Americans eating enough fruit, and half eating enough vegetables.
In an effort to curb the nation’s obesity problem and reduce diabetes, heart disease and other maladies tied to bad diets, health officials have been trying to promote fruits and vegetables — especially leafy greens — as healthy alternatives to salty, fatty and sugary foods.
The 2009 data are discouraging, said Dr. Jennifer Foltz, one of the study’s authors.
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