Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other naturally occurring substances that may help prevent chronic diseases. Eating fruits and vegetables are also a great way to manage and maintain a healthy weight.
If you’re like many Americans, you’re most likely not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Make fruits and vegetables the focal point of every meal and snack, covering at least half the plate.
How Much is Enough?
According to MyPlate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s symbol for healthy eating, the recommended adult daily servings for fruits and vegetables are:
- Women: 2 cups (ages 19-30), 1½ cups (ages 31+)
- Men: 2 cups (ages 19+)
- Women: 2½ cups (ages 19-50), 2 cups (ages 51)
- Men: 3 cups (ages 19-50), 2½ cups (ages 51+)
With a wide variety of colors, textures, tastes and shapes, there is a fruit and vegetable out there for everyone.
To learn helpful tips on ways to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
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