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“Fruits and Vegetables Low on American Diets”

The 1989 National Research Council Diet and Health report supported consumption of 5 fruit and vegetable servings per day and the 1991 National Cancer Institute–DHHS also supported the 5-A-Day Program.  Surprisingly, the 2010 Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported fruits and vegetables do not dramatically lower the risk of common diseases, including cancer.  However, 5-A-Day consumption of fruit and veggies has remained a centerpiece or our diet but only about 30% of the population followed the 5-A-Day recommendations.  A new 2015 report reveals that Americans are not meeting national recommendations for consumption of fruits and vegetables.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2015 analysis concludes that only 13.1% of American adults eat enough fruits and only 8.9% eat enough vegetables.  Authors used data for 2013 from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which in 2013 covered 373,580 respondents.  The CDC analysis used the most recent national survey of median daily frequency of fruit and vegetable intake and showed that states varied widely in their consumption.

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