Just imagine the health, environmental and financial impact if every person ate the suggested 7-9 fruits and vegetables a day. The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables really are outstanding, as pointed out by the CDC, including reducing your risk of cancer and other chronic disease, the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber among other substances important for your health, and the fact they are low in fat and calories, yet filling. As well, they are generally kind and sustainable to the environment (preferably not grown with pesticides or as GMO).
The actual current FDA daily recommendations are 3-5 veggies and 2-4 fruits a day.
What counts as a serving according the the FDA…
- 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
- 1/2 cup of other vegetables cooked or raw
- 3/4 cup of vegetable juice
- 1 medium apple, banana, orange, pear
- 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
- 3/4 cup of fruit juice