-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- American college students
aren't eating anywhere near the recommended five daily servings of
fruits and vegetables, a new study finds.
In fact, they aren't even eating one serving per day, according
to an Oregon State University survey of 582 college students.
Males ate about five servings of fruit and vegetables per week
while females consumed only four servings per week. Males had more
fat in their diet than college women, but females had lower fiber
Overall, females had better eating habits than males, including
reading food labels, skipping fewer meals, and eating in college
dining halls more frequently, the results showed.
"We found that students skipped meals fairly frequently, which could account for some of the lack of fruits and veggies," Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sport science at Oregon State University, said in a university news release.
"Still, even accounting for fewer meals consumed, the students were on average not always eating even one serving of fruits or vegetables per day, far below USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] guidelines," he added.
The study was released online in advance of publication in an
upcoming print issue of the
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
"We are not teaching youth how to be self-sustaining," Cardinal said. "Home economics and nutrition classes have all but disappeared from our schools in the K-12 system. There is a fundamental lack of understanding on how to eat well in a very broad sense."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the
health benefits of fruits and vegetables.
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