U.S. adults still skimp on fruit and veggies

Published 1:53 pm Saturday, July 11, 2015

NEW YORK — Most U.S. adults still aren’t eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables.

In a large national survey, only 13 percent said they ate the recommended amount of fruit each day. And only 9 percent ate enough vegetables.

California — a big produce-growing state — ranked highest for eating both fruits and vegetables. Tennessee was at the bottom of the fruit list, and Mississippi was last in eating vegetables.

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The government recommends that adults eat 1 1/2 to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables each day.

Health officials have been trying to promote fruits and vegetables — especially leafy greens — as healthy alternatives to salty, fatty and sugary foods.