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Americans have fruit in brains, but not on plates.

by Denis Faye | September 30, 2009


The CDC released a report yesterday showing that in the U.S., only 14% of adults and 9.5% of teens meet the government’s goals for eating enough produce. The list of worst-to-best goes like this:

1. Mississippi: 8.8%

2. Oklahoma and South Carolina: 9.3%

3. Alabama: 9.8%

4. South Dakota: 10.1%

5. West Virginia: 10.3%

6. Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina: 10.6%

7. Arkansas and Missouri: 11.2%

8. Louisiana: 11.5%

9. Minnesota: 11.6%

10. Michigan and Nevada: 11.8%

11. Ohio: 12.2%

12. Delaware and Iowa: 12.3%

13. New Mexico: 12.5%

14. Idaho: 13.0%

15. Tennessee: 13.1%

16. Utah: 13.2%

17. Georgia and North Dakota: 13.3%

18. Indiana: 13.5%

19. Illinois and Wisconsin:13.7%

20. Alaska: 13.9%

21. Nebraska: 14.0%

22. Virginia: 14.2%

23. Texas: 14.3%

24. Montana: 14.5%

25. Rhode Island and Wyoming: 14.6%

26. New Jersey: 14.9%

27. Pennsylvania and Washington state: 15.1%

28. Colorado: 15.2%

29. Maryland: 15.4%

30. Florida and Oregon: 15.6%

31. Arizona and California: 16.1%

32. Connecticut and New Hampshire: 16.2%

33. Massachusetts: 16.4%

34. New York: 16.5%

35. Hawaii: 17.5%

36. Maine: 17.7%

37. Vermont: 17.9%

38. Washington, D.C.: 20.1%

The first thing that came to mind was, “Why are people in D.C. eating the most?” Do politicians consume a lot of fruits and vegetables? Maybe that’s why they don’t seem all that concerned about sorting out health care. Maybe they’re all too fit and healthy to worry about it.

The second thing that came to mind was, “WHAT THE HELL!?!” It’s produce. There’s not a nutrition expert on earth that doesn’t concede we were born to eat this stuff. To me, this is like a report saying “only 14% of U.S. adults breath air.”

Eat an apple, a few grapes and a mixed salad at dinner. You’re all set. Get with it, people.

via WebMD

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One thought on “Americans have fruit in brains, but not on plates.

  1. screwdestiny

    Veggie eaters in Wyoming, represent!

    I guess when we live in a fast food nation we need to get fast food places to start serving fruit and vegetables otherwise there’s no hope.

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