Fruit and Vegetable Report Card Doesn't Look Good

A report card released by the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance gave a failing grade to U.S. consumers, noting that a small rise among younger people was pulled down by lower consumption in adults age 65 and older.

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“Children 12 and under were the only age group that didn't flat-out flunk. Over the last five years, fruit consumption for kids under 6 rose 11 percent; veggie consumption increased 3 percent. But 88 percent of children 12 and under still don't get the fruit they should and 92 percent don't get the vegetables they need”.

Restaurants and schools received a “C” grade. Both restaurants and fast food chains expanded their fruit and vegetable menu offerings, and programs promoting nutrition have grown more prevalent in schools.

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