This week, [NPD Group, a market research company,] released the 25th edition of its annual report, “Eating Patterns in America.” The news there wasn’t good, either. For example, only 23 percent of meals include a vegetable, [NPD Group chief industry analyst] Balzer said. (Again, fries don’t count, but lettuce on a hamburger does.) The number of dinners prepared at home that included a salad was 17 percent; in 1994, it was 22 percent.
--Kim Severson, NYT, on shockingly low vegetable consumption