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How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you really need?


You should get 2-3 servings of fruit per day and 3 – 5 servings of vegetables every day. Five servings translate to about 1 cup of fruit and 1 1/2 cups of vegetables every day.

We all know fruits and vegetables are good for us, but how do we go about getting five servings every day? 6 servings? 7 servings? 8 servings?

I have heard many people say that they don’t like vegetables. Many of us had moms who made us eat all our vegetables at dinner before we could leave the table or if you didn’t finish your vegetables then you didn’t get any dessert. I am sure you could tell your own stories about dinner time at your house when you were a child.

If these statements sound familiar then eating 3-5 servings of vegetables probably sounds like an impossible task. But it’s a critical component to good health for you and your family.

“The best nutrition minds in the country made these recommendations after studying the research that show fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and high blood pressure,” says Christine Filardo, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the Produce for Better Health Foundation. “Fruits and vegetables can also help fight the obesity epidemic.”

So how do you develop this habit of eating more fruits and vegetables?

  • Remind yourself to eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Have them — at work, at home, in restaurants.
  • If you have not been eating many fruits and vegetables, start off small. Incorporate 1 extra serving each day for a week then increase by 1 serving every consecutive week until you reach 5 – 7 servings.

Here are some ways to get started –

Have ready to go fruit and vegetables ready to munch on in the fridge.

Make smoothies with fruit and vegetables

Add extra veggies to your pizza

Toss your favorite veggies and fruits on the grill

Put some berries in your cereal or oatmeal

Add some vegetables to your omelet


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