CDC: Americans aren't eating enough vegetables

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CDC: Americans aren't eating enough vegetables - Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on November 20, 2017. (WPVI)

The CDC recommends we eat two to three cups of vegetables per day, but a new study shows just about one in ten Americans are actually eating this amount.

In fact, only 9 percent eat enough veggies and about 12 percent eat enough fruit every day.

The lead author of the study says not eating the recommended amount increases the risk for chronic illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease.

The CDC laid out plans to improve access to fruits and vegetables, especially in low-income areas.

An easy way to increase your produce intake is to start adding veggies into things you already eat.

If you have scrambled eggs, add some spinach or peppers.

Also, pack some fruit or vegetables in your bag for an easy snack.

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