How Many Fruits & Veggies Should You Eat a Day?

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Depends on the Person

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends eating a variety of fruits and vegetables per day. The amount of fruits and vegetables recommended varies, depending on age, sex and the amount of daily physical activity. For example, a 30-year-old female who exercises less than 30 minutes a day should eat one and a half cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables a day.

Refer to the Food Pyramid

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests eating plenty of fruits and vegetables per day regardless of age, sex or the amount of physical activity you get. According to the organization's food pyramid, everyone should get three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruit a day.

Bottom Line

  • According to both the CDC and USDA, a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables is two to four servings of each. A serving of vegetables can be one cup of raw leafy vegetables, one-half cup of cooked or raw vegetables or a ¾ cup of vegetable juice. A medium-sized banana, apple or orange is an acceptable size for a serving of fruit.

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