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All the ways Americans refuse to eat their vegetables in one chart

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It's no surprise that we are not eating enough vegetables. But in how many different ways are we not eating our vegetables? We are not eating green vegetables. We are not eating orange vegetables. We are really not eating legumes.

This chart from the USDA compares actual grocery spending with the recommended over an eight-year period — and the news isn't great. Vegetables and whole fruits were way underbought when compared with recommendations, while frozen dinners and candy were way overbought. In fact, in only one area was perfect balance found: potatoes.

So, what do you think of the recommendations? And how do the averages stack up against your own grocery-shopping?


Top image: Angela Waye / Shutterstock. Bottom Chart: USDA / ERS.