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According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 objectives, adequate fruit and vegetable consumption is a national public health priority for disease prevention and maintenance of good health.
Fruits and vegetables furnish valuable dietary nutrients and contribute vital elements to chronic disease prevention for heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers, vision problems of aging, and possibly type 2 diabetes.
A study in the new July/August 2011 supplement to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior says in the last decade, California adults’ fruit and vegetable consumption rose from 3.8 servings to 5.2 servings.
The number of California adults who reported eating greater or equal to 5 servings of fruit and vegetable on their 24-hour diet recall increased 57 percent over the past decade.
The increase in fruit and vegetable consumption was the greatest for the lowest and the highest income groups, nearly doubling the percentage that consumes more than 5 fruit and vegetable per day, 1997-2007 in each group.
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