August 23, 2014

Still Blow off Veggies, Though

1 US Kids’ Fruit Intake Up 67% Since 2004

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of statistics on dietary patterns among U.S. children ages 2 to 18 reports that kids are eating a lot more fruit than they did ten years ago, but public health efforts to increase their vegetable intake have apparently gone nowhere. Specifically, from 2003 to 2010 this age group's fruit intake rose by 67 percent while its vegetable intake remained virtually unchanged. This means that only 7 percent of American children consume the USDA recommended daily amount of veggies, and even with the increase in fruit consumption, only 40 percent meet the recommendations in that food category. Even less encouraging, 30 percent of the vegetables eaten were in the form of potato products, which includes fries, chips and hash browns.

More at Cdc.gov | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Whole Grains Missing from Kids' Diets

Tags: Children's Diets, U.S. Children's Eating Habits, Childhood Nutrition, Kids and Vegetables, Kids and Fruit

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