Welcome to the first Simply Sunday post here at the Health and Food Forum’s Blog (HFF). Every Sunday the HFF’s Blog will provide you with some “food for thought” – bite-sized pieces of information and little morsels of ideas that get you thinking about nutrition. Below are some statistics from the CDC’s website for the National Fruit & Vegetable Program for you to ponder throughout the day and the upcoming week.
- Slightly less than 25% of Americans consume 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
- Thirty-percent of American adults over the age of 65 consume at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
- Thirty-eight percent of American adults ages 18-24 years eat only 1-2 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
- Individuals who eat a greater number of servings of fruit and vegetables per day have a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, and cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Your daily fruit and vegetable requirements depend on your age, gender, and activity level. Click here for more information.
- Daily fruit and vegetable requirements are measured in cups. To determine what counts as a cup click here.
How many servings of fruit and vegetables do you consume per day? What are your favorites? Share with us, we want to know!