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How many servings of fruits and vegetables should we take daily?

Monday, 19 June 2006
Answered by: Ms. Neesha Bukht Choksy
Consultant Nutritionist

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Q. Generally it is mentioned that 9 servings of fruits and vegetables should be taken everyday for healthy living. But nobody is able to satisfy me about how much is one serving? Kindly help me.

A.  Vegetables usually contain 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate. One serving equals: 1/2 cup Cooked vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.) 1 cup Raw vegetables or salad greens 1/2 cup Vegetable juice Fruits usually contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 60 calories. One serving equals: 1 small Apple, banana, chikoo, custardapple 1 medium Fresh peach, sweet lime, orange, guava 1 Plum 1/2 Grapefruit 1/2 Mango 1 cup Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries ) 1 cup Fresh watermelon cubes 1/8 th melon 4 ounces Unsweetened Juice 4 teaspoons Jelly or Jam

A.  Vegetables usually contain 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate. One serving equals: 1/2 cup Cooked vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.) 1 cup Raw vegetables or salad greens 1/2 cup Vegetable juice Fruits usually contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 60 calories. One serving equals: 1 small Apple, banana, chikoo, custardapple 1 medium Fresh peach, sweet lime, orange, guava 1 Plum 1/2 Grapefruit 1/2 Mango 1 cup Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries ) 1 cup Fresh watermelon cubes 1/8 th melon 4 ounces Unsweetened Juice 4 teaspoons Jelly or Jam

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