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Indicator Report - Daily Vegetable Consumption

Why Is This Important?

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 daily.

Three or More Servings of Vegetables per Day by Ethnicity, Utah Adults Aged 18+, 2012-2013

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Definition

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

Numerator: 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.
Denominator: The total number of survey respondents.

Page Content Updated On 12/02/2014, Published on 12/02/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:08:28 MST