CDC report reveals that Americans are not meeting national recommendations for consumption of fruits and vegetables

fruitThe latest Center for Disease, (CDC), report has highlighted that Americans are at high risk for , stroke and some cancers as only 13.1 % of americans eat enough fruit and only 8.9% eat vegetables.
Americans are not meeting national recommendations which consists of 5 servings a day for the of .

The CDC report is based on a state wide analysis differentiated by daily frequency of fruit and vegetable intake. The authors obtained data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS); covering 373,580 participants in an ongoing, state-based telephone survey of US adults that collects data on a number of health-related areas, including food and disease.

The survey evaluated the types of consumed and the frequency of . The analyzed differentiated categories included: 100% , whole fruit, dried beans, dark green vegetables, orange vegetable and other vegetables.

The findings reveal that 76% of American did not meet recommendations for fruit intake, and 87% did not meet vegetable intake recommendations.

“Eating more increases intake of essential nutrients and reduces the risk for , stroke and some cancers. also help manage body weight when eaten instead of more energy-dense foods” said authors, Dr. Latetia V. Moore, of the CDC, and Dr. Frances E. Thompson, of the National Cancer Institute.

The researchers specify that substantial new efforts are needed to build consumer demand for through competitive pricing, placement and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities and worksites.”

Source

Adults meeting fruit and vegetable intake recommendations – United States, 2013, Latetia V. Moore and Frances E. Thompson, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC, published online 10 July 2015.

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