There’s not always a ton of good news on the kids nutrition front. But here’s a little bright spot: according to the USDA, more kids are eating fruits and vegetables.
While the majority of kids still don’t meet the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables consumed per day, at least intake levels are on the rise.
Not surprisingly, on a daily basis, kids do eat more servings of fruit than they do vegetables. Based on a recent analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009-2010), here’s what’s happening:
- 77% of kids aged 2–19 years ate fruit on a given day
- Almost 92% of those aged 2–19 years ate vegetables on a given day.
- Nine out of 10 kids aged 2–5 years consumed fruit, while only 6 out of 10 adolescents ate fruit on a given day.
- More children aged 2–5 years than adolescents consumed vegetables on a given day.
So if you have kids at home, be sure to include at least one fruit or vegetable at each meal…and more if possible!
Babies, toddlers and young children who are exposed to a greater variety of foods are more likely to continue those patterns into adolescence and adulthood.