Whoa! Here we are sitting on bumper crops of vegetables and yet we aren’t average Americans.
Fruit and vegetable consumption increased significantly in only one state during the past decade, as all 50 states and the District of Columbia continued to fall far short of recommended daily intake, according to a study from the CDC.
Only Idaho had a significant increase in the percentage of residents who consumed at least two servings of fruit and at least three servings of vegetables daily from 2000 to 2009. However, the absolute increases were small -- 27.9% to 32.9% for fruits and 24.7% to 27.8% for vegetables.
At the opposite end of the consumption spectrum, 10 states had small but statistically significant decreases in the proportion of residents who consumed the recommended number of servings of fruit and vegetables, investigators reported in the Sept. 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Overall, only about a third of American adults ate at least two servings of vegetables daily in 2009, and about a fourth consumed at least three servings of vegetables a day.
"The findings in this report indicate that 2009 overall and state-specific estimates of the proportions of U.S. adults consuming fruit two or more times per day or vegetables three or more times per day were far short of the targets set by Healthy People 2010," Kirsten A. Grimm, MPH, and co-investigators wrote in the discussion of their findings.
This is worth a rally! Who is with me for a challenge? Let's start now and take it through December 31, 2010. Who says we can’t consume a measly two fruit and three vegetable servings per day?