Most want to eat more produce, but don't

March 28, 2012 at 1:38 AM
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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."

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