Even fewer adults eat enough vegetables to meet recommendations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers found. Americans may not like eating fresh fruits as often as they should, but they like their veggies even less.

Because fruit and vegetable consumption affects multiple health outcomes and is now low across all states, considerable new efforts are needed to create consumer demand for fruits and vegetables via placement, competitive pricing, and promotion in schools, grocery stores, child care, communities, and work sites.

Moore along with her co-authors examined the recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey for all the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, with the help of a new scoring procedure for comparing the figures reported by the state, which are expressed usually as “frequency of intake”, in relation to federal requirements and counted as “cups per day” normally.

Researchers found that in 2013, half of the survey respondents consumed fruit less than once per day, and vegetables less than 1.7 times per day.

The number is increasingly lower in Southern States, particularly in Tennessee, the number of people eating sufficient fruit and vegetables is nearly at 7.5% of the adult population which is absolutely alarming. Researchers then compared the responses to the dietary guidelines laid down for Americans that recommend 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit for adults getting less than 30 minutes of moderate/vigorous physical activity every day. The recommendations also include taking orange vegetables and dark green vegetables including beans.

Just 13 percent of USA residents ate enough fruit, and 8.9 percent ate enough vegetables to meet recommendations, according to the report.

The proportion of Americans meeting vegetable recommendations ranged from 5.5 percent in Mississippi to 13 percent in California.

These results are limited since they are dependent on self-reported food consumption which isn’t always accurate.

Aromatic and flavorful fruits and vegetables are attractive, delicious and healthy, but Hispanics/Latinos and many other US adults consistently fail to meet the national recommendation for consumption of them.

Although national estimates indicated low fruit and vegetable consumption, substantial variation by state were observed. “Eating fruits and vegetables in place of foods that are high in calories, added sugars, and solid fat can also help with weight management”.