Healthy fruits are an essential part of our daily plate. In addition to their satisfactory taste, fruits also have many healthy benefits. They are rich in antioxidants which protect our bodies from oxidant stress, diseases and cancers as well as boost our immune system. Healthy fruits are also low in calories and high in fiber and micro-nutrients. There is no such thing as too much fruit – health benefits from fruits go a long way to strengthen our body.
However, it’s not a myth that Americans aren’t eating enough fruits. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), adults who engage in less than minutes of moderate physical activity daily should consume 1.5– 2.0 cup equivalents of fruit a day. In reality, half of the total U.S. population consumed less than 1 cup of fruit daily. CDC’s 2013 survey data suggests only 13.1% of respondents met fruit intake recommendations.
While fruit intake is low across the nation, it varies significantly by state. States such as Tennessee report as low as 7.5% who met recommended intake, but even at the highest end only 17.7% of Californians are eating enough fruits. A fruit rich diet is urgently needed across the nation.
With publicly available data, we examine current American adult fruit intake by gender as well as by state. We also look at the the list of most consumed fruits and their nutritional benefits.