Americans not eating enough fruits, vegetables, USDA reports

July 26, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: 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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