In spite of countless warnings and endless reports, fruits and veggies are still lacking from the American diet, a study confirms. The numbers are worrying as it turns out not even 15% of United States citizens consume the federal recommendation of fruits and vegetables per day.
The intake of whole foods has been decreasing within the last few years and they have apparently reached a very distressing low. Fast food chains are expanding, junk food is available at every corner and take-out is still dominating over home-cooked meals.
Even when consumers prepare their own dishes, vegetables are mostly ignore and the dessert rarely consists of fruits.
A study condoned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), led by Latetia Moore has found that 85% of American adults do not come even close to meeting the federal guidelines for fruits and vegetables intake.
For the sake of the research, they implemented a new scoring system of using “cups per day” as opposed to frequency, for more accurate answers. Half of the participants consumed fruits less than one cup per day and, the situation didn’t fare much better with vegetables, of less than 1.7 cups per day.
They gathered data from a behavioral risk survey in 2013 and were also able to gain a better insight into each state’s statistics. The southern states have the smallest rate of fruits and vegetables consumption, with Tennessee registering the lowest figures of just barely 7%, which is half less than the average across the country.
The research team emphasized, underlined, turned to bold and italics that fruits and veggies are necessary for the body and essential to living a long, healthy life. They hold valuable nutrients and can help prevent deadly diseases such as diabetes, cancer or heart problems.
People who are regularly active may eat more as they burn more calories, but those who are generally sedentary and exercise less than 30 minutes per day should increase their fruits and vegetables intake drastically.
The vitamins and nutrients are crucial to a healthy life and should not continue to be neglected in favor of taste-pleasing foods that can only damage us in the future.
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