How Much Fruit To Eat Each Day

The USDA provides us with advice on living healthy, including suggestions for the amount of fruit we need to eat each day. According to them, the amount of fruit you eat each day depends on 3 things: your age, your sex, and your level of physical activity.

The USDA recommended daily amounts are:

Children 2-3 years old - 1 cup**
Children 4-8 years old - 1 to 1 1/2 cups**

Girls 9-13 years old - 1 1/2 cups**
Girls 14-18 years old - 1 1/2 cups**

Boys 9-13 years old - 1 1/2 cups**
Boys 14-18 years old - 2 cups**

Women 19-30 years old - 2 cups**
Women 31-50 years old - 1 1/2 cups**
Women 51+ years old - 1 1/2 cups**

Men 19-30 years old - 2 cups**
Men 31-50 years old - 2 cups**
Men 51+ years old - 2 cups**

**These amounts are appropriate for individuals who get less than 30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, beyond normal daily activities. Those who are more physically active may be able to consume more while staying within calorie needs.

9/13/2011 9:00:00 PM
Cheryl Tallman
Written by Cheryl Tallman
Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years.
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Comments
I count calories and i manage to get anywhere from 3-6 fruits in a day with my other foods. They are not bad at all as long as you dont overindulge on them if thats possible. But eat them plain, dont put anything else on them as some people put salad dressing on theyre veggies and sugar on theyre fruits, its alot of unnecessary calories. giay nu
Posted by kimbehelyn
I think people are different in what they need and the effect things have on them. My partner could live off fruit and grains, where I do better on meat/ veg/fats. If I were to have an apple for afternoon tea I get really shakey and giay da my stomach starts rumbling about 30 minutes later, a big bowl of wholegrain giay da rice and i need to sleep, a steak and salad and I can go all day. We all look different whats to say our insides and needs aren't slightly different also.
Posted by linndsnbuc
It's considered so beneficial that the government's five-a-day guideline is a minimum recommendation for the amount of fruit and vegetables we should eat. But while it is fine to exceed this amount if you are a healthy weight, giay nam if you are overweight or suffer from high cholesterol or diabetes, too much fruit could be trouble. It could also explain why, despite your healthy lifestyle, you're piling on the pounds. One of the problems is people forget that fruit - like all food -giay nam contains calories. And the calories in fruit can make you just as giay nam overweight as those in chocolate, explains Dr Carel Le Roux, consultant in metabolic medicine at Imperial College London. We're meant to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day - giay nam ideally two of fruit and three of veg. But depending on your choice, you may be consuming more fructose - or fruit sugar - than you thought. All values are for one piece of fruit, unless specified, and the figures in brackets show the equivalent amount of sugar.
Posted by eliizaetta
Yes, fruit is high in natural sugars, and grapes are among the sweetest of fresh fruits. No wonder cold grapes taste so good! Should you cut back on fruit? Probably ” especially if you want to lose weight and eat a balanced diet. All of the food groups are important. If you go overboard on one kind of food ” even one as terrific as fruit ” you'll miss out on the valuable properties of other healthy foods. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend two cups of fruit and 2-1/2 cups of vegetables each day for a person on a 2,000-calorie diet. You are eating twice the recommended amount of fruit and less than half the recommended amount of vegetables. This is not an awful problem as diet problems go ” it's better to be nibbling too many grapes than M&Ms or Cheetos. But a few changes will round out your overall diet and help you drop those pounds more easily.
Posted by kimmbeevaq
Happy to read about this information. Fruits are really good to human health. pineapple calories
Posted by wilsonadrian
I eat more than 2 cups a day. I always love to eat fruits and there are times that I only eat fruits in one meal. Thanks for sharing this good information. banana calories
Posted by owenwilsford
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