The latest Center for Disease, (CDC), report has highlighted that Americans are at high risk for heart disease, 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 consumption of fruits and vegetables.
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 research 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 fruits and vegetables consumed and the frequency of consumption. The analyzed differentiated categories included: 100% fruit juice, whole fruit, dried beans, dark green vegetables, orange vegetable and other vegetables.
The research findings reveal that 76% of American did not meet recommendations for fruit intake, and 87% did not meet vegetable intake recommendations.
“Eating more fruits and vegetables increases intake of essential nutrients and reduces the risk for heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Fruits and vegetables also help manage body weight when eaten instead of more energy-dense foods” said research 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 fruits and vegetables through competitive pricing, placement and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities and worksites.”
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.