Americans not eating enough fruits, vegetables, USDA reports

July 26, 2004, as reported by Only 38 percent of Americans consume the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables with more than 10 percent not purchasing any fruits or vegetables over a two-week period, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The picture was even bleaker for low-income families with nearly 20% of those studied not purchasing any produce, fresh or processed, for two weeks. On average low-income households spend $3.59 a person on produce, while, higher incomes spend $5.02.

The most positive influence on expenditures is having a college-educated head of household, regardless of income. These households bought the most fruit and vegetables weekly, $5.99 per person.

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