Fruit Consumption

Definition: Percent of adults who consumed fruit less than one time per day.

Importance
Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, are important for optimal child growth, weight management and chronic disease prevention. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.

Where We Are
In Douglas County in 2013, 34.9% of adults ate fruit less than one time per day. This was lower than the State of Kansas and U.S. for 2013.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013: More men reported consuming fruit less than one time per day

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available.

Additional Information
Fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are under consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or puréed.
Fruit Consumption Trend Analysis
Fruit Consumption Disparity Analysis