Health Tip: How Many Fruits and Veggies Do You Need?
Government food pyramid says a lot, and often
(HealthDay News) -- Most people know that fruits and vegetables are really important in diets, but how much is enough?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's recently revised food pyramid recommends between two and three cups of vegetables, and between one and two cups of fruit daily. The differences depend on your age and gender.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you divide your fruit and vegetable portions into five servings a day. Fresh, frozen, canned or dried legumes all work.
Try to include as many different-colored fruits and vegetables, such as orange (citrus), leafy green (spinach) and red (tomatoes), in your diet as you can.
And, the CDC adds, be sure to wash all fruits and vegetables well before eating.