Americans Still Falling Short on Produce
Despite expert advice to eat more fruits and vegetables, Americans still aren’t putting enough produce on their plates. A new state-by-state report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that overall, 13.1% of respondents consumed at least the recommended 1.5-2 cups daily of fruit, ranging from 7.5% in Tennessee to 17.7% in California. Only 8.9% overall met the 2-3 cup daily vegetable recommendations, ranging from 5.5% in Mississippi to 13% in California. The report used 2013 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a telephone survey with more than 370,000 valid responses. The survey asked about frequency of intake; the CDC then used equations to estimate intake in cup equivalents, as used in dietary recommendations.
The agency commented, “Substantial new efforts are needed to build consumer demand for fruits and vegetables through competitive pricing, placement and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities and worksites.”