The typical American diet is often characterized as being high in fat, sodium and sugar, and relatively deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables.
However, that may not be true in California. The results of a survey that was published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior reveal that the average consumption of produce in California has significantly increased over the past decade.
Residents of the state consumed an average of 5.2 servings of fruit or vegetables daily in 2007, compared to 3.8 servings each day that were reported in 1997.
Moreover, the trend of more produce consumption was pronounced in both high- and low-income individuals.
“Examining fruit and vegetable trends by income demonstrates the importance of being able to survey all population groups, specifically the low-income population, but also the higher-income groups. Such data document the overall population-wide trends and allow comparisons between more- and less-advantaged groups,” said researcher Sharon Sugerman.
The survey was conducted by researchers at Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute. The study involved 1,400 to 1,700 residents per year.