Apparently not enough U.S. adults and adolescents heed their mothers' admonition to eat their vegetables. That's the conclusion of a new Centers for Disease Control survey which studied American diets to see if the country meets the national goal of at least 75 percent of Americans eating two or more servings of fruit a day and at least 50 percent of Americans eating three or more servings of vegetables a day.
The CDC reports that nationally only 33 percent of adults and 32 percent of adolescents eat enough fruit. And only 27 percent of adults and 17 percent of adolescents eat enough vegetables. The survey includes state-level figures. No state has achieved the nutritional goal, but California scores pretty high in the fruit category (no surprise). Some 40.6 percent of California adults consume enough fruit (trailing the District of Columbia with 41.6 percent). On the vegetable side, California comes in around the middle with only 25.6 percent adults eating recommended amounts. (The District tops the list again with 30.0 percent.)