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 2.5 cups of vegetables per day for a standard 2,000 calorie diet, with recommendations
based on an individual's age, gender, and activity level (3). Two and one-half cups represents five 1/2-cup servings of vegetables
Three or More Servings of Vegetables per Day by Ethnicity, Utah Adults Aged 18+, 2012-2013
Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
The proportion of adults who reported consuming at least three daily servings of vegetables, with at least one third of them
being dark green or orange vegetables.
How We Calculated the Rates
The number of survey respondents who reported consuming at least three daily servings of vegetables, with at least one third
of them being dark green or orange vegetables.
The total number of survey respondents.
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Published on 12/02/2014
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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