Fruitless Americans

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” doesn’t seem to be doing much to spur Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables, according to new study. (Credit: Ap File Photo)
An Apple A Day? The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” doesn’t seem to be doing much to spur Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables, according to new study. (Credit: Ap File Photo)
While results from the study fell short of expectations, officials note that it was taken before a new wave of government efforts to promote home and community gardens and to expand the sale of fruits and vegetables at stores. A survey planned for 2011 is expected to show an improvement. (Credit: AP File Photo)
Turning To The Salad Bar While results from the study fell short of expectations, officials note that it was taken before a new wave of government efforts to promote home and community gardens and to expand the sale of fruits and vegetables at stores. A survey planned for 2011 is expected to show an improvement. (Credit: AP File Photo)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says no state met federal goals of three-quarters of Americans eating enough fruit, and half eating enough vegetables. California ate the most fruit and Tennessee was best with vegetables. (AP File Photo)
Fruitiest State: California The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says no state met federal goals of three-quarters of Americans eating enough fruit, and half eating enough vegetables. California ate the most fruit and Tennessee was best with vegetables. (AP File Photo)
U.S. health officials say fruits and vegetables — especially leafy greens — can help curb the nation’s obesity problem and reduce diabetes, heart disease and other maladies tied to bad diets. (AP File Photo)
Leafy Greens U.S. health officials say fruits and vegetables — especially leafy greens — can help curb the nation’s obesity problem and reduce diabetes, heart disease and other maladies tied to bad diets. (AP File Photo)
A new U.S. report says the vast majority of Americans still don’t eat enough vegetables, and fruit consumption is starting to decline. (AP File Photo)
More Skipping The Veggie Aisle A new U.S. report says the vast majority of Americans still don’t eat enough vegetables, and fruit consumption is starting to decline. (AP File Photo)
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The CDC study concludes about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day — down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000 — and that orange juice is the top source of fruit among U.S. adults and adolescents, while potatoes are the favorite vegetable. (Credit: Getty Images)
OJ Stays Top-Shelf
NILES, IL - DECEMBER 1: Cartons of Tropicana orange juice lie in a grocery store display December 1, 2004 in Niles, Illinois. Tropicana orange juice prices are expected to rise due to the hurricane-damaged citrus crop in Florida. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
The CDC study concludes about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day — down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000 — and that orange juice is the top source of fruit among U.S. adults and adolescents, while potatoes are the favorite vegetable. (Credit: Getty Images)
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One Comment

  1. Willow says:

    I think most people don’t realize that you don’t have to eat a huge quantity of veggies or fruit to get a serving in. According to Weight Watchers, one serving of veggies (except leafy greens) is 1/2 cup. Leafy greens are 1 cup. It’s not that hard to get your greens in if you try. So one side salad is probably going to be 2 servings of veggies, with the leafy greens and 1/2 cup of mixed other veggies.

    If you do a veggie stir-fry for dinner with some meat or tofu as a staple, you could easily be getting 2-3 servings of veggies. Add a tall glass of orange juice in the morning, or a glass of V8 because it’s fewer carbs, or maybe add some diced tomatoes and onions to your scrambled eggs in the morning.

    Try different kinds of veggies and fruits until you find some you like. Don’t force yourself to eat spinach if you can’t stand spinach. Don’t force yourself to eat lima beans if you hate lima beans. Find something you like.

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