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;:1-7).
Kids Eat Their Fruits and Veggies. JAMA. 2014;312(8):781. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9991