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Only 1 in 10 adults eating enough fruits and vegetables, CDC says

Story at a glance

  • A new report from the CDC found that only one in 10 adults are eating the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables.
  • Adults are advised to consume 2 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit each day by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
  • The CDC found that only 10 percent of adults were eating the recommended servings of vegetables, with 12.3 percent eating the recommended servings of fruit.

A majority of American adults aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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The report published Thursday analyzed the fruit and vegetable consumption of U.S. adults in 2019 based on U.S. dietary guidelines, finding that only one in 10 adults are eating the recommended amount of either fruits or vegetables. 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, adults are advised to consume 2 to 3 cups of vegetables and 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit each day. However, the CDC found that only 10 percent of adults were eating the recommended servings of vegetables, with 12.3 percent eating the recommended servings of fruit. 


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The CDC noted that there were further disparities in consumption based on age, race/ethnicity, and income, all of which can affect the availability of and ability to purchase the adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables needed. 

“States and communities can take actions by supporting food policy councils … to build a more sustainable food system, supporting community retail programs to attract grocery stores and supermarkets to underserved communities, to improve community food quality and increase healthy food access … that provide resources for persons to purchase fruits and vegetables,” the report states. 


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