It’s never easy to hear we’re ‘failing’ at something, but it’s time to face the music, or— in this case—the produce section. The CDC reports that only 13 percent of Americans consume the recommended amount of fruit (one and a half to two cups) and 9 percent consume the recommended amount of vegetables (two to three cups) daily.
Tennessee and Mississippi were the states that ranked the worst with California ranking the best (though not by an impressive amount—only 18 percent of Californians eat enough fruit and 13 percent eat enough vegetables). "Substantial new efforts are needed to build consumer demand for fruits and vegetables through competitive pricing, placement, and promotion in child care, schools, grocery stores, communities and worksites," said the study authors.
Americans tend to eat fruit once a day and vegetables fewer than two times daily on average according to the CDC researchers. The American Heart Association recommends a person consume 4-5 servings of fruits as well as vegetables.
Here are some simple ways to pack in more fruits and veggies: Make smoothies loaded with leafy greens and berries, have fruit as an afternoon snack and buy microwaveable packs of vegetables. What are some ways you squeeze in your daily quota of fruits and veggies? Tell us in the comments!