Ask a Dietitian: How many fruits and vegetables should I eat each day?


Eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables provide a broad range of nutrients that keep your body strong and healthy. The easiest way to eat more fruits and vegetables is to be mindful to how you place your food on your plate. Half of your plate should be fruits and veggies. The amount of vegetables and fruits you need to eat depends on your age, gender, and level of physical activity.

You can use the MyPlate Daily Checklist to determine your exact needs:

Have a question about food or nutrition? Ask our CHEF experts for advice. Our team of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, are available to provide their knowledge of common sense nutrition and practical cooking skills.

It is important to discuss these dietary suggestions and information with your own doctor to confirm that it will present no risk to you personally. Your doctor’s medical advice is particularly important if you’re currently taking medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or any other metabolic disorders.

The nutritional information on this site is intended to be educational information for the general public. It is not medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment with respect to any individual. As individual circumstances vary, you should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this Web site