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Americans Not Eating Nearly Enough Fruits and Vegetables Daily

The State of Eating Veggies in the US

When it comes to eating enough veggies and fruits, Americans are failing miserably. The CDC estimates that only 14 percent of adults and fewer than 10 percent of teenagers in the US eat three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit on a daily basis.

And you know, five servings of fruit and veggies is the minimum suggestion. Many health advocates believe we should be eating nine servings of produce daily. The percentages above represent the national average; in some states only nine percent of the adults eat enough produce. The CDC published this first state-by-state report to help us all understand how far off the mark we are when it comes to nutrition.

Here's the CDC list, ranking states from lowest to highest percentage of folks meeting the recommended servings of fruit and veggies.

1. Mississippi: 8.8%

2. Oklahoma and South Carolina: 9.3%

3. Alabama: 9.8%

4. South Dakota: 10.1%

5. West Virginia: 10.3%

Didn't see your state in the bottom five? Then keep on reading.

6. Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina: 10.6%

7. Arkansas and Missouri: 11.2%

8. Louisiana: 11.5%

9. Minnesota: 11.6%

10. Michigan and Nevada: 11.8%

11. Ohio: 12.2%

12. Delaware and Iowa: 12.3%

13. New Mexico: 12.5%

14. Idaho: 13.0%

15. Tennessee: 13.1%

16. Utah: 13.2%

17. Georgia and North Dakota: 13.3%

18. Indiana: 13.5%

19. Illinois and Wisconsin:13.7%

20. Alaska: 13.9%

21. Nebraska: 14.0%

22. Virginia: 14.2%

23. Texas: 14.3%

24. Montana: 14.5%

25. Rhode Island and Wyoming: 14.6%

26. New Jersey: 14.9%

27. Pennsylvania and Washington State: 15.1%

28. Colorado: 15.2%

29. Maryland: 15.4%

30. Florida and Oregon: 15.6%

31. Arizona and California: 16.1%

32. Connecticut and New Hampshire: 16.2%

33. Massachusetts: 16.4%

34. New York: 16.5%

35. Hawaii: 17.5%

36. Maine: 17.7%

37. Vermont: 17.9%

38. Washington DC: 20.1%

How many servings of produce have you eaten so far today?

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biarose biarose 6 years
Gee, people love boasting about how many fruits and vegetables they eat don't they?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Strawberry yogurt for breakfast, 1.5 cup water melon snack, eating raspberries, pineapple and strawberry fruit salad with my sandwhich and have grapes planned for my afternoon snack. been eating far more fruits and veggies than ever before :) Think is has to do with living 3 blocks down from a weekend farmers market.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My diet is probably 80% fruits and veggies, so I'm good. I probably consume 10% of the vegetable and fruit inventory that my store has weekly, lol. Lots of people in the Midwest don't eat a lot of veggies unless they are in season because we have to get them from Mexico or California to get any decent stuff and lots of it is quite pricey if the produce is out of season. But I've found that a lot of people around here do eat veggies if they're really cheap and GOOD: We can't get enough of our local tomatoes at the end of summer and everyone eats fresh sweet corn when it's in season. Still though, you have to admit that for the most part, most people just don't eat veggies and fruit because they'd rather eat "meat and potatoes" and other such stuff.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My diet is probably 80% fruits and veggies, so I'm good. I probably consume 10% of the vegetable and fruit inventory that my store has weekly, lol. Lots of people in the Midwest don't eat a lot of veggies unless they are in season because we have to get them from Mexico or California to get any decent stuff and lots of it is quite pricey if the produce is out of season. But I've found that a lot of people around here do eat veggies if they're really cheap and GOOD: We can't get enough of our local tomatoes at the end of summer and everyone eats fresh sweet corn when it's in season. Still though, you have to admit that for the most part, most people just don't eat veggies and fruit because they'd rather eat "meat and potatoes" and other such stuff.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
I'm a vegetarian (not that it means I automatically eat a lot of fruit and veggies) but I do.I had dried cranberries in my cottage cheese for breakfast, and in my lunch I made a quinoa and tofu salad with red peppers, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, mushrooms & cilantro. Yummy. I think dinner tonight is winter squash with apple sauce and cinnamon. I'm probably good :)
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
I'm a vegetarian (not that it means I automatically eat a lot of fruit and veggies) but I do. I had dried cranberries in my cottage cheese for breakfast, and in my lunch I made a quinoa and tofu salad with red peppers, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, mushrooms & cilantro. Yummy. I think dinner tonight is winter squash with apple sauce and cinnamon. I'm probably good :)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I love buying fresh fruit and veggies at the farmer's market. When I lived in NC - there was wonderful variety. Now in PA, I find that the growing season is noticeably shorter that my favorite fresh fruits/veggies are here and then gone. I love the local farm grown produce (I live in farm country so it's easy and cheap to get), but it's only here a few months a year. Once you have local produce - everything in the grocery store tastes old and nasty.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
Well, it's only 9am, but I had an apple with breakfast. Yesterday I had an apple with breakfast too. Chili for lunch. That's made with tomato, peppers and onion. And I had a salad and veggie sandwich with that. For a snack I had plain yogurt with blueberries. For dinner we had spaghetti and carrots. That's gotta be at least 8 or 9 servings.
graldi19 graldi19 6 years
my diet is about 90% veggies and fruit so i think i'm good :)
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
let's see...big banana with breakfast, nectarine with lunch, and veggies and beans with lunch, and veggies on my tofu dinner sandwich with a big bowl of pineapple, strawberries, and cantaloupe.
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