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Regarding the 5 a day rule, if I am taking an average of 2 apples, an orange, one tomato, a medium carrot, half an onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 2 cabbage leaves a day, is this sufficient?

In regards to the 5 A Day rule, this is not longer the recommendation. The dietary guidelines, the cornerstone of nutrition policy in the United States, changed in 2005. They now recommend as many as 13 servings a day. Therefore, our whole campaign changed in 2007 from 5 A Day to Fruits and Veggies—More Matters.

It seems as though you are eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and in fact are eating a little more than 6 servings a day – which is great! Depending on your age, gender and level of activity, however, you may need even more in your diet. A good rule of thumb is that ½ of the volume of food you eat during the day should be fruits and vegetables (including beans as a vegetable). Check out our charts to determine just how many fruits and vegetables you need per day and visit for a plan that is specific to your dietary recommendations.
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