Fruits and vegetables are low in calories, come in a large variety of colors, shapes and sizes, and are always easy to grab for a snack. They're also packed with vitamins, can help prevent diseases, and have lots of fiber that keeps you feeling full.
One serving of fruit is equal to:
- ½ cup chopped fruits or vegetables
- 1 medium piece of fruit (the size of a tennis ball)
- ¼ cup dried fruit
- ¾ cup vegetable juice
- ½ cup 100% fruit juice
- 1 cup leafy green vegetables
You can never have too many fruits and vegetables. It's recommended that you have 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. The key is to eat more servings than you currently eat.
Whether they're fresh, frozen, canned, or as 100% juice, they all count! Be sure to look for fruits with no added sugar or syrup, and search for vegetables without added salt, butter, or cream.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.
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