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Adults eating less fruit, not enough veggies

September 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An apple a day? Apparently not in the United States.Chef Victor Casanova says using red peppers, yellow peppers, carrots and celery in his salad helps him get more produce in his day.

It's no surprise though that many Americans aren't getting enough vegetables in their day, but what is shocking, we're eating less fruit.

That's the findings of a 10 year survey from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found we eat 34 percent less fruit than in the year 2000.

Apparently no state met federal goals, although kudos to California, we ate the most fruit, while Tennessee ate the most vegetables.

Oklahoma didn't score well at all, eating the least amount of fruit while South Dakota flunked with the lowest veggie consumption.

Keep in mind the CDC asked people what they ate, so the reporting might be somewhat skewed. Mintel, a data monitoring service, has better news.

"What I do know is what Americans tell us and what they tell us is that they snack all the time on fruits," said Krista Faron of Mintel. "They very rarely snack on vegetables."

Faron says they found between 2003 and 2008 fruit sales increased 25 percent and that after chips and cookies, kids feel fruit is the next best thing.

Rather than think about getting the typical nine to 11 servings of fruits and vegetables a day think about adding a fruit or vegetable to every meal or snack. And it won't be a panic when you realize that the true serving size just isn't that big.

We're talking one apple, five broccoli florets, six baby carrots, a half-a-cup of any fruit like berries or cooked spinach. If your greens are leafy like a salad then all you need is just one cup.

Add sliced apples to sandwiches, put chopped colorful produce on your pizza.

If you don't like the texture you should blend. Fruit becomes smoothies, vegetables can be soup. So sip nutrition if need be.

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