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What are the benefits of adding fruits and vegetables to my diet?


Q. How beneficial is adding fruits and vegetables to my diet?


A. Fruit and vegetable intake in a daily meal plan is crucial for good health. Research demonstrates an association with a reduced risk of chronic diseases and weight management, yet according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, intake levels in the US are not meeting the recommended guidelines.


The USDA recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal to meet the daily recommendation.  About 4 to 6 cups a day are recommended.  Keep in mind, all forms of fruits and vegetables – frozen, fresh, canned, dried and 100% juice – count towards your daily recommendation.  Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits & Veggies Every Day



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