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Women in the Green Mountain State are eating more greens than anywhere else in the country. At 36 percent, the rate of women in Vermont who get five servings of fruits and veggies a day is more than twice that of the worst ranked state: Oklahoma at just 17 percent. Women in Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia and California are also doing a good job of eating a balanced diet.
Slacking on your fruit and veggies may put you at risk for serious health problems and may up your risk for heart disease. Not only can the nutrients in fruits and vegetables prevent chronic health problems such as heart disease but a produce-rich diet can help a women lose weight and maintain a healthy number on the scale. This seems to ring true in Vermont, among the 10 states with the lowest percentage of overweight women. Compare that with Oklahoma, one of the top 10 heaviest states among women in America.
The new “My Plate” federal nutrition guidelines advise filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. To find out exactly how many cups you should be eating, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fruit and Vegetable calculator.
Here’s how the states rank on healthy diets. The #1 state is the healthiest while #50 is the least healthy. All figures are percentages of women who eat an average of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.