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What Percent of Americans Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables?


Fruit and Vegetable consumption in the United States is surprisingly low, and only getting lower. No State or territory in the U.S. has over 50% of the population consuming fruit more than twice a day, and vegetables 3 times a day.

Here are the statistics from 2000 to 2009.
20002009
Percent of U.S. Population Eating 2 or More Fruits per Day34.4%32.5%
Percent of U.S. Population Eating 3 or More Vegetables per Day26.7%26.3%
CDC.gov State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Adults United States, 2000-2009

Here are the breakouts by state: Map of the United States showing fruit consumption rates by State

Map of the United States showing vegetable consumption rates by State CDC.gov State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Adults ? United States, 2000?2009

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) aims to have at least 75% of the U.S. population consuming two or more portions of fruits daily. And 50% consuming 3 or more servings of vegetables. This is of course, a great goal. Even if you are already meeting these targets there is nothing wrong with aiming to consume 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Browse the list of fruits and vegetables at HealthAliciousNess, or browse The Fruit and Vegetable Mosaic.





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Comments.
Name:Pari
Location:L.A.
Subject:American do not eat F & V
I used to be a professional waiter in upperscale restaurants for many years and I can attest to this. About 95% of guests will eat only the meat and disregard the vegetables. They will order drinks (cocktails, wine etc...) and they will order deserts but it would be pastries, ice creams and the like. Rarely fruits. In most of Europe fruits and veggies are consumed at about 3 times the rate. They walk more (or bicycle) and drink wine. Less heart problems and a lot less obesity. We do have quite a few fat people but not like in the U.S.
Posted on 2012-11-07 14:35:17
Name:Mat
Location:USA
Subject:This is a major problem
Low consumation of fruits or vegetables is quite a big problem all over the world actually. Pari is right with the usa-eu comparison, people in Europe consume more of both, but that is also changing rapidly, mostly because of the rising price of both.
Posted on 2012-11-20 05:31:07
Name:Paul
Location:San Antonio
Subject:health care
A lot of people in America are waiting to die, 70% of deaths in America are from chronic disease. We spend in taxes a year approx. 2.6 trillion on health care, 6 times the amount for the defense budget. More kids in America know the McDonalds sign, rather than a picture of George Washington. Pathetic!
Posted on 2012-12-02 21:11:53
Name:Bogna
Location:Rochester
Subject:No veggies nor fruits in U.S.
I'm from Europe and I'm shocked by the lack of 'greens' in restaurants, pizzas and barbecues. I love fresh fruits and veggies but it's really difficult to order something more than potatoes / rice / pasta and any meat. Salads are really rare in menus.
Posted on 2013-10-17 06:16:05
Name:Marshall
Location:Seattle
Subject:Food variety? Nope.
America is a FAT country. This would be a great goal to achieve, but it will be almost impossible to achieve. People just don't care anymore.
Posted on 2014-01-18 14:28:01
Name:Jonny
Location:Tennessee
Subject:Meh
Sorry to say this Marshall, but I disagree. I think that people want healthier foods, but: are to afraid of stigma, have low supply, little money, and poor information. Not to mention the fact that corporations like McDonald and burger king are all making their "meals" into an addiction far cheaper than any fruit or veggie. This is insane because, fruits vegetables nuts all come from plants or trees, so you would think there would be more. :( Cause you know plants and trees pretty much = life.
Posted on 2014-01-20 08:57:58
Name:Lulu
Location:Buffalo, NY
Subject:Consumption Confusion!
What really surprised me was how pockets of high percentage fruit and veggie eaters were distributed. Being an organic gluten-free vegetarian, fruit and veggies are most of my menu. I live in the western part of New York State, but have spent chunks of time in the Carolinas, Louisiana, and out west including Colorado, and here's what really weirds me out: fruit and veggie prices in New York are very high, and in my area we eat quite a bit of them. But when I was in the South, particularly South Carolina and Louisiana, I could get a weeks worth of fruit and veg for less than a third of the price I'd pay in New York. Yet, nobody seemed like they were eating them! It was very strange. There has to be a wealth distribution or education (or both) issue in these states where nobody eats well even though it's dirt cheap, no?
Posted on 2014-04-05 22:53:58

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Name:Pari
Location:L.A.
Subject:American do not eat F & V
I used to be a professional waiter in upperscale restaurants for many years and I can attest to this. About 95% of guests will eat only the meat and disregard the vegetables. They will order drinks (cocktails, wine etc...) and they will order deserts but it would be pastries, ice creams and the like. Rarely fruits. In most of Europe fruits and veggies are consumed at about 3 times the rate. They walk more (or bicycle) and drink wine. Less heart problems and a lot less obesity. We do have quite a few fat people but not like in the U.S.
Posted on 2012-11-07 14:35:17
Name:Mat
Location:USA
Subject:This is a major problem
Low consumation of fruits or vegetables is quite a big problem all over the world actually. Pari is right with the usa-eu comparison, people in Europe consume more of both, but that is also changing rapidly, mostly because of the rising price of both.
Posted on 2012-11-20 05:31:07
Name:Paul
Location:San Antonio
Subject:health care
A lot of people in America are waiting to die, 70% of deaths in America are from chronic disease. We spend in taxes a year approx. 2.6 trillion on health care, 6 times the amount for the defense budget. More kids in America know the McDonalds sign, rather than a picture of George Washington. Pathetic!
Posted on 2012-12-02 21:11:53
Name:Bogna
Location:Rochester
Subject:No veggies nor fruits in U.S.
I'm from Europe and I'm shocked by the lack of 'greens' in restaurants, pizzas and barbecues. I love fresh fruits and veggies but it's really difficult to order something more than potatoes / rice / pasta and any meat. Salads are really rare in menus.
Posted on 2013-10-17 06:16:05
Name:Marshall
Location:Seattle
Subject:Food variety? Nope.
America is a FAT country. This would be a great goal to achieve, but it will be almost impossible to achieve. People just don't care anymore.
Posted on 2014-01-18 14:28:01
Name:Jonny
Location:Tennessee
Subject:Meh
Sorry to say this Marshall, but I disagree. I think that people want healthier foods, but: are to afraid of stigma, have low supply, little money, and poor information. Not to mention the fact that corporations like McDonald and burger king are all making their "meals" into an addiction far cheaper than any fruit or veggie. This is insane because, fruits vegetables nuts all come from plants or trees, so you would think there would be more. :( Cause you know plants and trees pretty much = life.
Posted on 2014-01-20 08:57:58
Name:Lulu
Location:Buffalo, NY
Subject:Consumption Confusion!
What really surprised me was how pockets of high percentage fruit and veggie eaters were distributed. Being an organic gluten-free vegetarian, fruit and veggies are most of my menu. I live in the western part of New York State, but have spent chunks of time in the Carolinas, Louisiana, and out west including Colorado, and here's what really weirds me out: fruit and veggie prices in New York are very high, and in my area we eat quite a bit of them. But when I was in the South, particularly South Carolina and Louisiana, I could get a weeks worth of fruit and veg for less than a third of the price I'd pay in New York. Yet, nobody seemed like they were eating them! It was very strange. There has to be a wealth distribution or education (or both) issue in these states where nobody eats well even though it's dirt cheap, no?
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References

CDC.gov State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Adults United States, 2000-2009