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Only 10% of Americans get enough fruits and vegetables, report finds | KRVN Radio

Only 10% of Americans get enough fruits and vegetables, report finds

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(NEW YORK) — Before chowing down on Thanksgiving, you might want to save some room for extra veggies on your plate.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only one in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables. Federal guidelines recommend at least one and a half cups of fruit per day, and two to three cups of vegetables.

In 2015, 12 percent of adults met the recommendation for fruits, and only 9 percent met the recommendation for vegetables. Consumption rates were lowest in West Virginia, while Alaska and Washington D.C. saw the highest numbers.

The report also indicated that consumption was lower among those living in poverty.

Missing out on the vitamins, minerals, and fiber that fruits and vegetables provide could put adults at higher risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, according to the CDC.

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