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.
Data NotesAge-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.
This view combines two years of data (2012-2013) to get reliable estimates. Note the total for the state refers to two years of combined data (i.e., not just 2013).
Data SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionThe 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
Page Content Updated On 12/02/2014, Published on 12/02/2014