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New Mexico is the 10th state where people consume the least fruits and vegetables

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(Stacker) – Many of us have heard of the importance of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which is vital for supporting a healthy immune system and preventing chronic disease. However, most American adults are not getting enough fruits and vegetables despite the recent popularity of a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Only 12.3% of Americans eat fruit and 10% eat a daily serving of vegetables. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults eat 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily.

Citing data collected through the CDC’s 2019 Risky Behavior Surveillance System, Thistle compiled state-level data on fruit and vegetable consumption. The United States and Washington DC are ranked by the percentage of the adult population consuming less than one serving of fruit per day, from highest to lowest. Data was not available for New Jersey.

Check out the data below to see how your state fares, or view the national fruit and vegetable consumption rankings here.

New Mexico in numbers

  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 43.1%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of vegetables per day: 23.7%
  • High school students eating less than one serving of fruit per day: 47.7%
  • High school students eating less than one serving of vegetables per day: 41.7%

Food deserts, regions where residents have little or no access to affordable and nutritious food, are often found in low-income areas and sparsely populated places. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its latest report released in 2017, revealed that 39.5 million people in the United States live in low-income areas. This also included neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods. To be identified as a food desert, areas must meet certain requirements, including a local poverty rate of at least 20% or a median family income at or below 80% of the neighborhood average family wage. Areas where the nearest larger grocery store is 10 miles or more away are also considered food deserts.

Keep reading to see which states consume the most and least fruits and vegetables.

States that consume the most fruits and vegetables

  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 32%
  • Adults eating less than one serving of vegetables per day: 32.7%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 32.7%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of vegetables per day: 15.5%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 34.1%
  • Adults eating less than one serving of vegetables per day: 19.9%

The states that consume the least fruits and vegetables

  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 48.4%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of vegetables per day: 21.5%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 47.5%
  • Adults eating less than one serving of vegetables per day: 22.9%
  • Adults consuming less than one serving of fruit per day: 47.5%
  • Adults eating less than one serving of vegetables per day: 22.9%