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Fruits And Vegetables Not A Major Part Of College Students Diet, Study Finds

July 18, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A study by Oregon State University scientists that compared the eating habits of 582 male and female college students has found that neither groups were eating proper amounts of fruits and vegetables. Male students ate fruits and vegetable as little as five times a week on average, while females consumed only four servings a week. Part of the problem is that students often skipped meals altogether, but even taking that into account, students ate less than one serving of fruits and vegetables a day, far less than federal guidelines recommend. On average, female students ate less fiber, while males ate more fat. Female dietary patterns were somewhat healthier: they skipped fewer meals, ate in campus dining halls more frequently, and read food labels.
Kin-Kit Li, et al., "An Examination of Sex Differences in Relation to the Eating Habits and Nutrient Intakes of University Students", Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, July 18, 2011, © Society for Nutrition Education
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