Published on August 19, 2019
Updated on March 31, 2020
Despite our parents’ pleas to “eat your fruits and veggies,” most Americans don’t consume the recommended amounts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults should eat 1½-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of vegetables a day, and kids should eat 1-2 cups of fruit and 1-3 cups of vegetables a day—an easy rule to remember is that about half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. A diet filled with fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. But how do we add more fruits and vegetables to our diets? Check out these tips to get you started.