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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Fruitiest State: California (credit: AP)
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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One Comment

  1. Darlene Adford says:

    Recently there was a blurb on CBS about lowering the glycemic index. I would like to learn more about this.

  2. Bradda B says:

    I believe taxing fast food is very irresponsible . People who eat fast food are most likely poor and can”t afford organic foods . Comparing cigarette taxes and fast food taxes as a comparable deterrent to help people stop becoming obese will not work . It will only hurt the lower class more. We should ask the fast food companies to lower the cost of organic foods on the menu. Possible give game incentives like they do with other foods,even give toys away to entice children to crave better food. THANK YOU CBS !

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