Vegetable Consumption Still Lags in U.S.

ATLANTA, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Americans still aren’t eating their vegetables despite decades of lectures, the U.S. government says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest study found that only 26 percent of adults eat vegetables three or more times a day, The New York Times reported.

The results fell far short of objectives set by the government a decade ago. The amount of vegetables Americans eat is less than half what public health officials had hoped, and has barely changed since 2000.

“There is nothing you can say that will get people to eat more veggies,” said Harry Balzer of the NPD Group, a market research company.

The company’s annual “Eating Patterns in America” report bears similar news. Only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, Balzer said. The proportion of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17 percent; in 1994, it was 22 percent.

At restaurants, salads ordered as a main course at either lunch or dinner dropped by half since 1989, to a mere 5 percent, he said.

“Before we want health, we want taste, we want convenience and we want low cost,” Balzer said.

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