Mark Dolliver’s Takes: Who Easts Which

Fruits and vegetables are typically lumped together as things we don’t eat enough of. However, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows wide variations in how virtuous people are about eating each sort of food. In a breakdown by ethnicity, Hispanics are the likeliest to report eating two or more daily servings of fruit (37 percent) and non-Hispanic whites the least likely (31 percent). The pattern is reversed, though, when it comes to eating three or more daily servings of vegetables: 29 percent of whites do this, vs. 20 percent of Hispanics. Among other findings: 36 percent of women, vs. 29 percent of men, get two or more daily servings of fruit; 32 percent of women, vs. 22 percent of men, get three or more daily servings of vegetables. As you can see from the chart below, the old are better than the young about eating their fruits and vegetables.