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Most want to eat more produce, but don't

March 28, 2012 at 1:38 AM   |   Comments

RACINE, Wis., March 28 (UPI) -- Eighty-one percent of U.S. adults said they want to eat fresh ingredients but fewer than 50 percent actually eat fruits and vegetables daily, a survey says.

The Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey identified the Top 10 "freshest cities" -- where residents were seeking and eating the freshest food options available, via farmer's markets and gardening habits.

The 10 freshest U.S. cities were Hartford, Conn.; Richmond, Va.; San Francisco; Austin-Round Rock, Texas; Sacramento; Boston; Portland, Ore.; Washington; San Jose, Calif.; and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

There are 1.45 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans countrywide, but there are 60.1 fast-food establishments.

East Coast residents have a better chance of finding farmers markets -- including Albany, N.Y., with 3.84 farmers markets per every 100,000 people, and Hartford, Conn., with 3.26 farmers markets per every 100,000.

Nationwide, 89 percent of Americans said they felt like a good parent when their family's diet contains fresh food, the survey said.

The Ziploc Brand partnered recently with author and TV personality Rachael Ray for a two-year healthy eating initiative.

Ray said the survey results "shed light on the fact that Americans want to eat fresh food and are hungry for the resources to do so."

Topics: Rachael Ray
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