According to a new study conducted by CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers concluded that barely 15% of the Americans ingest fruits and even a smaller percentage consumes vegetables.
For many years in the past fruit and vegetable consumption across US has been fairly low, but now thankfully a method has been discovered to evaluate how each state fares in this regard, said Latetia V Moore, Co-Author of the study.
Latetia V. Moore is from to the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, wrote an email to Reuters Health stating that it’s “surprising how low intake is in some southern states” but even more “disappointingly low” across the nation. It is surprising how low intake is in some southern states but how disappointingly low it is across the U.S.
Moore, her co-researchers and the co-authors of the study evaluated the latest Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey for all of the states including the District of Columbia, for which they implemented a new, successful method which they recently worked upon in order to analyze the states individually, by comparing federal requirements to state-reported numbers.
States account their numbers in terms of incidence of intake whereas the federal requirements are communicated as cups per day.
During 2013, about half the participants reportedly had a vegetable intake of less than 1.7 times per day and fruit even worse about just once a day.
The researchers set a comparison of these results to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to which adults are adviced to consume 2 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit daily, incase they perform less than 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity throughout the day.
As a whole, CDC’s new study discovered that approximately 85 % of U.S. adults consume insufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables as recommended by dietary guidelines, the Youth Health Magazine reported. Another news states that an unrelated study has concluded that restaurant food may not be as healthier than fast food as percieved.