Written on July 16, 2011 by Alannah Glenny
And women are a lot more likely to eat broccoli, celery, and yellow squash than men. Those and more findings come from our recent nationally representative telephone survey of the veggie-eating habits of 1,234 Americans 21 years of age and older.
How often you eat vegetables, and what kind, depends in part on your age, gender, and where you live, our survey found. Older people, for example, were most likely to go for cauliflower, celery, sweet potato, or yellow squash, while thirty-somethings ate fewer vegetables overall and were less likely to eat spinach than other age groups. Corn, was considerably more popular in households with kids: 63 percent of households with kids under 18 ate corn at least once a week compared to only 52 percent of households without kids.
Southerners held a special place in their hearts for collard greens, corn, and okra. Nearly half of respondents in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee ate cabbage at least once a week, compared with 25 percent of those in other regions. What about the Midwest? Cauliflower reigned supreme in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Among the vegetables Americans eat least: artichokes, bok choy, eggplant, parsnips, Swiss chard, turnips and rutabagas.
What about you? We wont ask your age, but where do you live and what vegetables are your favorites? Least favorites?