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Minnesotans eat fewer fruits and vegetables than the average American

The CDC revealed how crappy our eating habits are – just in time for the holidays.
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Some concerning statistics about the typical American diet have been released by the federal government – just in time for all the holiday eating everyone is about to indulge in.

It's pretty much the last thing you want to hear before putting on your Thanksgiving stretchy pants: the majority of us aren't eating right. 

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90 percent of adults aren't getting enough fruits and vegetables.

While federal guidelines recommend eating 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables each day, the CDC says just 12 percent of American adults are meeting the standard for fruit, and 9 percent are meeting the standard for vegetables.

Minnesotans are even worse

The percentages vary by state, but don't get overconfident about Minnesota – our numbers are actually worse than the national averages. 

The study found only 11.6 percent of Minnesotans are eating enough fruit, and 8.1 percent are eating enough vegetables.

The median daily intake of fruit for Minnesotans in the study was 1 serving, while the median daily intake of vegetables was 1.6 servings. Which means half of Minnesotans are eating even less than those amounts.

That's kind of surprising for a state that's often recognized among the "healthiest." In years past, Minnesota has been named the healthiest state for older adults. We're also home to the second-fittest metro area and have the healthiest city (Minneapolis) in the U.S.

The CDC study found fruit and vegetable consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty. Read the full results here.

Officials are concerned with the findings, because eating a poor diet puts Americans at risk for chronic diseases, which account for seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country.

"Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity," the CDC says.

So how do we get more people eating their fruits and veggies? The CDC has laid out several strategies here, which include lowering costs of the food, and improving access to stores and farmers markets.

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