Fruit and Vegetable Servings for Children
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD and Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg, MA
Appropriate fruit and vegetable consumption is important for nutritional health and weight maintenance. Given the number of Americans who are either overweight or obese, it is all the more important to encourage children and adults to consume the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are a great low-calorie, low-fat source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and other beneficial nutrients. The table below highlights the recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption for children who get less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity. If a child gets more activity than this, they may need more of the types of foods.
Examples of One Cup of Fruits and Vegetables
Here are examples of what is equal to one cup of fruits and vegetable, according to the USDA's http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ website:
Getting Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
The best way to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is to set a good example. Here are a few more tips:
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
US Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate
Dietitians of Canada
Nutrition (pediatric preventive care). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dyname.... Updated December 26, 2016. Accessed February 2, 2017.
All about the vegetable group. Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture website. Available at: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables. Updated July 26, 2016. Accessed February 2, 2017.
All about the fruit group. Choose My Plate—US Department of Agriculture website. Available at: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/fruit. Updated July 26, 2016. Accessed February 2, 2017.
Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 2/17/2015
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