Are we where we eat? Geography has significant influence on fruit and vegetable consumption

December 12, 1999

Those who eat the most produce include residents of the South and African Americans

Americans' consumption of fruits and vegetables varies depending on where they live, according to a recent study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

In a survey of more than 15,000 people in seven regions, residents of the Northeast reported the lowest daily produce consumption (nearly three and a half servings), while those in the South reported the highest (four servings).

Just 17 percent of those surveyed ate the recommended "five-a-day."

The researchers, led by Dr. Beti Thompson of the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division, also noticed various social influences on produce consumption, including race, gender, education and age.

African-Americans consumed the most fruits and vegetables (3.66 servings per day) compared to Caucasians (3.56 servings) and Hispanics (3.01 servings).

College graduates also ate more fruits and vegetables than people with less education, and married people more than single. Higher intake of produce also corresponded with increasing age.

"A single national message to increase fruit and vegetable consumption may not reach the population segments most in need of changing," Thompson and colleagues wrote in an article in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

"It is advisable to spend more time understanding the food consumption habits of the population under investigation to develop messages to foster behavior change," the researchers said.
Editor's note: To obtain a copy of the article or arrange an interview with Dr. Thompson, please call Kristen Woodward at (206) 667-5095.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical technology to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center's four scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit the Center's Web site at <>.

Advancing knowledge, saving lives

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Related Vegetables Articles from Brightsurf:

One third of UK fruit and vegetables are imported from climate-vulnerable countries
One third of UK fruit and vegetables are imported from climate-vulnerable countries - and this is on the rise.

Eating your vegetables is easier said than done
The landmark EAT-Lancet report on food in the Anthropocene sets ambitious targets.

Research shows that the combined production of fish and vegetables can be profitable
When it comes to future food production, the combined farming of fish and vegetables through aquaponics is currently a hotly debated topic.

Sensitivity to bitter tastes may be why some people eat fewer vegetables
A gene that makes some compounds taste bitter may make it harder for some people to add heart-healthy vegetables to their diet.

Flowering mechanism in Brassica rapa leafy vegetables illuminated
Post graduate students in Kobe University's Graduate School of Agricultural Science have revealed the role of genes in controlling flowering time in the Brassica rapa family.

Offering children a variety of vegetables increases acceptance
Although food preferences are largely learned, dislike is the main reason parents stop offering or serving their children foods like vegetables.

Cooking vegetables: healthier with extra virgin olive oil
Cooking vegetables in the sofrito (sauté) with extra virgin olive oil favours the absorption and release of bioactive compounds of its traditional ingredients (garlic, onion and tomato), according to the study published in the journal Molecules about the role of gastronomy in the health-improving effects of the Mediterranean Diet.

Millions of cardiovascular deaths attributed to not eating enough fruits and vegetables
Preliminary findings from a new study reveal that inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may account for millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes each year.

Tuck into colourful fruits and vegetables and see the light
A $5.7 billion global medical bill to restore sight for the estimated 45 million people with cataracts could be slashed in half by a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, according to an international study.

Canadians' consumption of fruit and vegetables drops 13 per cent in 11 years
Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-per-cent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new University of British Columbia research has found.

Read More: Vegetables News and Vegetables Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to