Where in America Are Women Eating the Healthiest Diets?

Three New England states top the list of women eating the most fruits and veggies in the country.

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.

Rank State %
1 Vermont 35.9
2 Maine 34.2
3 New Hampshire 33.2
4 Virginia 33
5 California 32.9
6 Connecticut 32.7
7 Montana 32.3
8 Massachusetts 31.7
9 Maryland 31.3
10 Idaho 31.2
11 Oregon 31
12 Washington 30.5
13 New York 30.4
14 New Jersey 30.2
15 Rhode Island 29.6
16 Colorado 29.5
17 Utah 29.3
18 Wyoming 29
19 Arizona 28.6
20 Florida 28.3
21 Texas 28.2
22 Delaware 28
22 Pennsylvania 28
24 Alaska 27.9
25 Georgia 27.7
26 North Dakota 27.6
27 Hawaii 27.3
28 Wisconsin 27.2
29 New Mexico 26.8
30 Missouri 26.6
31 Illinois 26.5
32 Michigan 26.4
33 Minnesota 26.3
34 Tennessee 26.1
35 Nebraska 25.8
36 Nevada 25.1
37 Arkansas 24.6
37 Ohio 24.6
39 Kentucky 24.1
40 Indiana 23.7
40 North Carolina 23.7
42 Iowa 23.5
43 Kansas 22.6
44 Alabama 22.3
45 South Carolina 20.6
46 South Dakota 20
47 West Virginia 18.8
48 Louisiana 18.7
48 Mississippi 18.7
50 Oklahoma 16.7

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009

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