CDC: Kids eat more fruit, but not enough

By Lindsey Elliott, Kansas State News Production Specialist
Published On: Aug 23 2014 07:00:00 AM EDT

Children are eating more fruit -- but are still well below the recommended daily intake, according to a new report.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that kids aged 2 to 18 are eating more whole fruits and drinking less fruit juice.

That's an improvement because fruit juice is high in calories.

A Kansas State University human nutritionist said the changes are probably because of improvements to the WIC program.

WIC now provides money for whole fruits -- and less money to buy fruit juice.

Even though kids are eating more fruits -- they still aren't getting enough.

“We talk about five servings a day being pretty easy to accomplish,” said Sandy Procter, KSU human nutritionist. “It may be easy, but we are not there, and so I think it’s a good message for parents as they’re preparing for back to school to realize that it’s fairly simple to accomplish. We just have to plan ahead for it, and it really does make a difference.”

The average American eats one serving of fruits a day and 1.3 servings of vegetables.

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