The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an alarming one third of the population currently suffers from obesity and weight problems.
Diet has become a focus for many agencies and associations trying to help out these people who are literally killing themselves with so much unhealthy food.
This is what might have prompted the government to conduct a survey in order to find out what the general population is consuming .
The general recommendation for fruit and vegetables differs from one person to another because there are various parameters that need to be taken into account, such as age or sex, but we have all read about the 5 to 9 servings of fruit and vegetables that should not be missing from our daily intake of food.
However, the recent government study revealed disappointing results from this point of view. Apparently, only one quarter of the Americans interviewed consume at least 1.5 cups of fruit and at least 2 cups of vegetables daily.
This means that 75 percent of Americans choose to exclude the nutritious fruit and vegetables from their diet. This result is quite alarming because experts such as the professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health, Marion Nestle from the New York University openly state that a larger amount of fruit and vegetables consumed daily could considerably improve our general health.
It was reported that a healthy diet that includes fresh fruit and vegetables can lower the risk of developing a long list of certain diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart attack and many others.
While similar results were recorded in another survey carried out a couple of years ago, the experts were hoping that the numerous campaigns and the regulation implemented in schools and many other public sectors would raise awareness and have more Americans eating better than they used to.
The researchers’ conclusion is that more efforts should be made to increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables all over the United States.
“Increased attention to food environments in multiple settings, including child care, schools, communities and worksites, might help improve fruit and vegetable intake, and thus help prevent chronic disease,” the authors said.
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