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Are you a healthy eater? Do you know how many servings of fruit and vegetables you are supposed to eat each day? The majority of Americans don't get the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are all important for disease prevention. As a bonus, fruits and vegetables tend to be low in calories but very filling. Both of these qualities are helpful in weight management.

How much do I need?

Generally, everyone should eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables per day broken down into 2 or more servings of fruit and 3 or more servings of vegetables. Some examples of serving sizes are as follows:

  • 1/2 cup of fruit
  • 1 medium piece of fruit (i.e., the size of a tennis ball)
  • 1/4 cup of dried fruit
  • 6 oz. of 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • 1 cup of leafy vegetables (i.e., 4 lettuce leaves)
  • 1/2 cup of cooked or raw vegetables

For more detailed information about serving sizes and the right number of servings of fruits and vegetables for you, please visit the following websites:

Fruit:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/fruits_amount_table.html
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/fruits_counts_table.html
Vegetables:
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-amount.html
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables_counts_table.html

 

To start using the online Fruit & Vegetable Tracking Tool, click here

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