Nutrition Experts

Question:
How many fruits and vegetables should I eat? I thought it was five a day but now I hear that’s not enough.
Answer:
Good news! The USDA MyPyramid, introduced in 2005, gives you a "personal pyramid" that advises how much to eat daily from each of the five food groups. Your pyramid is based on your recommended calorie intake, which depends on your age, gender, height, weight and physical activity level. For many adults, the recommendation is about 2½ to 3 cups of vegetables and 1½ to 2 cups of fruit each day.


Find your specific recommendations by using the fruit and vegetable calculator at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov. Discover your personal pyramid at MyPyramid.gov Both sites tell you what counts as a cup of fruit or veggies and give lots of tips for fitting them into your eating plan.

Nutritionist Experts
Our Nutrition Experts are registered dietitians who hold master's degrees and are members of the American Dietetic Association and several specialty nutrition groups. They combine over 40 years experience in food and nutrition science, communications and counseling, the culinary arts and the development of nutrition education materials. They are quoted frequently in the national media and have written about nutrition for many major magazines, newspapers, and newsletters.