Declining fruit, vegetable consumption has ERS taking closer look

Americans found to be consuming more of other types of nutrient-packed foods.

Despite federal nutrition guidance, food industry promotional campaigns and encouragement to “eat your vegetables,” Americans' consumption of fruits and especially vegetables has declined.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), over the last decade, loss-adjusted supplies of total fruits and vegetables available to consume in the U.S. have fallen from 299 lb. per person in 2003 to 272 lb. per person in 2013.

However, ERS pointed ou

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