In another study that surprises no one, we get the latest research out of Oregon State University. According to University researchers, college students are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, their eating habits are so bad, that they aren’t even getting one serving per day, forget about the recommended five daily servings.
Of course, if you ever went to college, this new research shouldn’t surprise you. Pretty much every college student I’ve known, myself included, survived on anything they could get their hands on. And it was much easier to drive through the closest fast food restaurant, than go to the store and buy some apples.
The Study Explained
Researchers at the University surveyed the eating habits of 582 college students. They compared the results of male and female students, and found that both sexes were not eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables as they should. In a seven day span, male students ate approximately five servings of fruits and veggies, on average. In that same span, female students only ate four servings of fruits and veggies.
Overall, neither sex was getting enough fiber in their diet, but males tended to eat the worst, due to the high amount of fat they consumed every day. Researchers concluded that females had better eating habits, because they tended to read more nutrition labels and skip less meals. Females also went to the college cafeteria’s more often, but it appears that they skipped over the fruits and vegetables while they were there.
Researchers also found that both sexes consumed over 30% of their calories from fatty foods. This exceeds the recommendations from the American Dietetic Association, which suggests no more than 30% a week.
Brad Cardinal, Professor at OSU and one of the authors of this study:
“We found that students skipped meals fairly frequently, which could account for some of the lack of fruits and veggies. Still, even accounting for fewer meals consumed, the students were on average not always eating even one serving of fruits or vegetables per day, far below the USDA guidelines.
We are not teaching youth how to be self-sustaining. Home economics and nutrition classes have all but disappeared from our schools in the K-12 system. There is a fundamental lack of understanding on how to eat well in a very broad sense… These are essential skills every child should know, and it will stay with them long after they leave school.”