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Americans Not Eating Nearly Enough Fruits and Vegetables Daily

The State of Eating Veggies in the US

When it comes to eating enough veggies and fruits, Americans are failing miserably. The CDC estimates that only 14 percent of adults and fewer than 10 percent of teenagers in the US eat three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit on a daily basis.

And you know, five servings of fruit and veggies is the minimum suggestion. Many health advocates believe we should be eating nine servings of produce daily. The percentages above represent the national average; in some states only nine percent of the adults eat enough produce. The CDC published this first state-by-state report to help us all understand how far off the mark we are when it comes to nutrition.

Here's the CDC list, ranking states from lowest to highest percentage of folks meeting the recommended servings of fruit and veggies.

1. Mississippi: 8.8%

2. Oklahoma and South Carolina: 9.3%

3. Alabama: 9.8%

4. South Dakota: 10.1%

5. West Virginia: 10.3%

Didn't see your state in the bottom five? Then keep on reading.

6. Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina: 10.6%

7. Arkansas and Missouri: 11.2%

8. Louisiana: 11.5%

9. Minnesota: 11.6%

10. Michigan and Nevada: 11.8%

11. Ohio: 12.2%

12. Delaware and Iowa: 12.3%

13. New Mexico: 12.5%

14. Idaho: 13.0%

15. Tennessee: 13.1%

16. Utah: 13.2%

17. Georgia and North Dakota: 13.3%

18. Indiana: 13.5%

19. Illinois and Wisconsin:13.7%

20. Alaska: 13.9%

21. Nebraska: 14.0%

22. Virginia: 14.2%

23. Texas: 14.3%

24. Montana: 14.5%

25. Rhode Island and Wyoming: 14.6%

26. New Jersey: 14.9%

27. Pennsylvania and Washington State: 15.1%

28. Colorado: 15.2%

29. Maryland: 15.4%

30. Florida and Oregon: 15.6%

31. Arizona and California: 16.1%

32. Connecticut and New Hampshire: 16.2%

33. Massachusetts: 16.4%

34. New York: 16.5%

35. Hawaii: 17.5%

36. Maine: 17.7%

37. Vermont: 17.9%

38. Washington DC: 20.1%

How many servings of produce have you eaten so far today?

Source: Getty
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