They look good, they taste good, and they are good for you, but still people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables daily. September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month, making this an ideal time to think about getting more of this healthy food in your diet.
Produce for Better Health Foundation, a non-profit organization, has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables with every meal and snack throughout the day.
A whopping 90 percent of adults and children do not eat enough fruits and vegetables daily, according to Produce for Better Health Foundation. Yet the reasons for eating more fresh—or even frozen or dried—produce are compelling.
So, how much is enough to get these benefits? The United States Department of Agriculture has redesigned the familiar food pyramid with “My Plate” that shows half of the plate filled with fruits and vegetables. This new version makes a plant-based menu the focal point of the meal.
The exact amount of fruits and vegetables needed daily depends on a person’s gender, age, and activity level. For example, a moderately active woman over the age of 51 should have 1 ½ cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day. Whereas a 9 to 13 year old active boy needs two cups of fruit and 3 ½ cups of vegetables daily. At the Fruits & Veggies More Matters® website, they offer a visual representation of a 1 cup equivalent of these foods. One cup is equal to one banana or one large ear of corn.
The variety of fruits and vegetables—in color and type—are also encouraged to get the maximum health benefits. Learn more about shopping for and storing produce, get recipes for the entire family, and more information at the Fruits & Veggies More Matters® website.
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