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Many men and women only eat about half the recommended quantity of vegetables per day. Vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and many other nutrients naturally present in plants.  Most vegetables are low in calories compared to many other foods and help ‘fill you up’ to avoid excessive weight gain. Researchers say that diets high in vegetables help protect you from chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

What is a serving of vegetables?

Vegetables are Health Food
  • ½ cup of cooked green or orange vegetables
  • One cup of salad made mainly of green leafy vegetables
  • A ½ medium potato or other starchy vegetables
  • ½ cup canned or cooked dried beans, peas or lentils

How many servings of vegetables should I eat in a day?

19-50 Years51-70 Years70+ Years
Men 6 5.5 5
Women 5 5 5
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