Fruitless Americans

The old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" doesn't seem to be doing much to spur Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables, according to new study. (File-AP PHOTO)
An Apple A Day? The old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" doesn't seem to be doing much to spur Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables, according to new study. (File-AP PHOTO)
U.S. health officials say fruits and vegetables -- especially leafy greens --  can help curb the nation's obesity problem and reduce diabetes, heart disease and other maladies tied to bad diets. (File-AP PHOTO)
Leafy Greens U.S. health officials say fruits and vegetables -- especially leafy greens -- can help curb the nation's obesity problem and reduce diabetes, heart disease and other maladies tied to bad diets. (File-AP PHOTO)
A new U.S. report says the vast majority of Americans still don't eat enough vegetables, and fruit consumption is starting to decline. (File-AP PHOTO)
More Skipping The Veggie Aisle A new U.S. report says the vast majority of Americans still don't eat enough vegetables, and fruit consumption is starting to decline. (File-AP PHOTO)
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The CDC study concludes about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day -- down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000 -- and that orange juice is the top source of fruit among U.S. adults and adolescents, while potatoes are the favorite vegetable. (Getty Images)
OJ Stays Top-Shelf The CDC study concludes about one-third of U.S. adults consumed fruit or fruit juice at least twice a day -- down slightly from more than 34 percent in 2000 -- and that orange juice is the top source of fruit among U.S. adults and adolescents, while potatoes are the favorite vegetable. (Getty Images)
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While results from the study fell short of expectations, officials note that it was taken before a new wave of government efforts to promote home and community gardens and to expand the sale of fruits and vegetables at stores. A survey planned for 2011 is expected to show an improvement. (File-AP PHOTO)
Turning To The Salad Bar While results from the study fell short of expectations, officials note that it was taken before a new wave of government efforts to promote home and community gardens and to expand the sale of fruits and vegetables at stores. A survey planned for 2011 is expected to show an improvement. (File-AP PHOTO)

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