Eating fruit and vegetables daily is known to help lower the risk of many diseases. But most American adults are not eating the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables even though they know the benefits, a new government survey report says.
Only 32.6 percent of adults are eating fruit two or more times a day and 27.2 percent are eating vegetables three or more times a day, according to the report.
The government wants 75 percent of the population to eat fruits two or more times a day and 50 percent to eat vegetables three or more times a day by 2010.
In the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the government in January 2005, the government says "two cups of fruit and 21/2 cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a reference 2,000-calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level."
The following is the detailed report from CDC.gov
A diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk for chronic diseases ( 1). In addition, because fruits and vegetables have low energy density (i.e., few calories relative to volume), eating them as part of a reduced-calorie diet can be beneficial for weight management ( 2). Healthy People 2010 health objectives include increasing to 75% the percentage of persons aged >2 years who eat at least two daily servings* of fruit (objective 19-5) and increasing to 50% the proportion of persons aged >2 years who eat at least three daily servings of vegetables, with at least one third being dark green or orange vegetables (objective 19-6) ( 3). To assess the level of fruit and vegetable consumption among adults by state and demographic characteristics, data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) were analyzed. This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that 32.6% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 27.2% ate vegetables three or more times per day. The results underscore the need for continued interventions that encourage greater fruit and vegetable consumption among U.S. adults.