The health benefits of consuming a diet that consists of the proper amount of fruit has been well documented. The USDA cites lower risk of heart disease and stroke, along with increased weight loss. The United States Centers for Disease Control has released a study that details the total daily fruit consumption by children and adults. I have taken the data and placed it into some easy to digest charts for your consumption below.
Total Fruit Consumption by Income Level:
It comes as no surprise to me that those who are in a better position to afford fruit eat higher amounts.
Total Fruit Consumption by Education Attainment:
Higher education usually brings two things – awareness and more income. Those who are more educated are better able to afford to incorporate fruit into their diet.
Total Fruit Consumption by Gender:
According to the study, men eat approximately 10% more fruit per day than women. However, the recommended total calorie intake for men is 20% more than it is for women. So, men are actually behind the curve on this one.
Total Fruit Consumption by Race and Ethnicity:
Hispanics, as a group, eat more fruit on a daily basis than any other ethnic group in this study. They eat nearly 20% more than whites, who are in last place in this study.
Total Fruit Consumption by Child Body Weight Status:
Children who are considered to be at a healthy weight eat more fruit than those who are under or overweight.
Total Fruit Consumption by Adult Body Weight Status:
The biggest difference can be seen in adults. Those with healthy body weight consumed 23% more fruit than those who are obese.