Calculating F&V Servings


FruitandVeggiesBy: Nikki Nies

T/F juice counts as a serving of fruit? How do servings work? For the most part, a cup means a cup — just measure out a cup of grapes or a cup of chopped carrots, and ta-da, you have your measurement. There are a few exceptions though.

  • When it comes to salad, a cup is not a cup. It takes 2 cups of leafy greens to equal 1 cup of vegetables.
  • Juice does count as a fruit. A cup of fruit juice does count as a serving of fruit, but nutritionists caution that you’re not getting the fiber and other good benefits of eating whole fruit.
  • When it comes to dried fruit, cut the amount in half. A half cup of dried fruit equals one cup of fresh fruit.
  • One big piece of fruit is roughly a cup. An apple, an orange, a large banana, a nectarine, a grapefruit — one piece of fruit gives you one cup.

Photo Credit: The Kitchn

Sources: http://www.thekitchn.com/10-photos-that-show-you-your-daily-recommended-servings-of-fruits-vegetables-207261?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed

http://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/healthy-habits/how-much-serving-fruits-vegetables

http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-amount.html

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/myplate-and-what-is-a-serving-of-fruits-and-vegetables

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