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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 27, 2014

Kids Eat Their Fruits and Veggies

JAMA. 2014;312(8):781. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9991

More than three-quarters of US children and teens eat fruit and 9 of 10 consume vegetables, according to a recent analysis.

Investigators used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine the percentage of youths aged 2 to 19 years who ate fruits and vegetables at any time in 2009 and 2010.

They found that 77.1% of youths had eaten fruit: 29.7% had citrus, melon, or berries; 50.4% consumed other fruits; and 53% drank fruit juice. Almost 92% of the youths surveyed had eaten vegetables: about 11% had dark green vegetables, 75.1% consumed red or orange vegetables, 53% ate starchy vegetables, and 60.1% had other types of vegetables (Nielsen SJ et al. NCHS Data Brief. 2014;[156]:1-7).

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