Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other compounds that may help prevent many chronic
diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous
amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other
cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers (1). Fruits and vegetables also help people to achieve and maintain a healthy
weight because they are relatively low in energy density (2). To promote health and prevent chronic diseases, the 2010 Dietary
Guidelines for Americans recommend two cups of fruit per day for a standard 2,000 calorie diet, with recommendations based
on an individual's age, gender, and activity level (3). Two cups represents four 1/2-cup servings.
Two or More Servings of Fruits per Day by Race, Utah Adults Age 18+, 2013
Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.
Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
The proportion of adults who reported consuming two or more servings of fruit daily.
How We Calculated the Rates
The number of survey respondents who reported consuming two or more servings of fruit daily.
The total number of survey respondents.
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Published on 12/01/2014
Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy and Improved Clinical Care (EPICC), Bureau of Health Promotion, Division of Disease Control and Prevention, Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2107,
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