Adults need to eat more fruits and vegetables, study finds

As a kid, you were probably told to eat your fruits and veggies, but a new study suggests more adults should be taking their own advice.

Only 1 in 10 adults are consuming enough fruits and vegetables a day to meet federal recommendations.

That’s according to a new study published by the centers for disease control and prevention.

Guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily, depending on gender and age.

Overall, the study finds that more women are meeting both fruit and vegetable recommendations than men. And young adults age 18 to 30 are the group with the lowest number of individuals meeting recommended guidelines.

Here are some tips to help you increase your daily consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Make food fun. Try new recipes, and mix it up in the kitchen. Cooking a fruit or vegetable in different ways can enhance the flavor.

At work, make sure employees have access to fruit and vegetables during meetings and events.

And think about joining a community garden to increase your interest.

Help reduce your risk of disease by consuming enough fruits and vegetables every day.

For more information on the federal nutrition regulations, including how much fruit and vegetables you should personally eat, click here.

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