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Americans Still Eating Plenty of Junk Food

We’ve been told to eat our veggies. And told and told and told. But despite two decades of public health initiatives, stricter government dietary guidelines, record growth of farmers’ markets and the ease of products like salad in a bag, The New York Times is now telling us something that, in truth, we already know: Americans still aren’t eating enough vegetables.

Today, the Times says, only 23 percent of American meals include a vegetable (note: French fries don’t count). And in restaurants, a mere 5 percent of patrons order salads as a main course. In an effort to make vegetables more attractive, growers are trying all kinds of tricks to get us to eat them, including the baby carrot industry trying to position the product as a junk food.

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