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Few Americans Eat Enough Fruit

October 27, 2009 | Posted by admin

Despite bumper crops of many food commodities this year, most Americans still are not eating enough fruit on a daily basis.   Among the largest group of violators are the ones who should be building strong bodies and bones and stand to lose the most in later years:  America’s teenagers.

The Center for Disease Control found troubling results for teens who don’t appear to be eating the proper amount of fruits – or vegetables.

Under 10 percent of US high school students were getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables.  That’s a statistic that FruitFast is working to improve.

Only 13 percent of teens are consuming the recommended three helpings of vegetables each day and about 32 percent are eating at least two servings of fruit.  Click here to see how your state’s adults and teens compare to the national average.

State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2009

State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2009

According to the Associated Press, the federal nutrition goals set for 2010 demand at least 75 percent of Americans consume two servings of fruit each day and at least 50 percent to eat three vegetable servings.

“This is a call for states, communities, schools and families to support increased fruit and vegetable consumption,” said Heidi Blanck, with the CDC, who worked on the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009.

The CDC says that fruits and vegetables are vital for optimal child growth, weight management and chronic disease prevention.

Whether the fruit and vegetables you eat are fresh, frozen, dried or in some other uncompromised form, it’s important to eat well-balanced meals.

FruitFast promotes healthy living with all our products – for people and pets – believing in the adage “you are what you eat.”

On-the-go, too busy, or out-of-season no longer are good excuses.  We offer an assortment of ways – from juice, liquids, softgels, bars or dried fruits – to enjoy healthy fruits every day.

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