Serving size measurement

We are told that a minimum of 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables are necessary for optimal health, but what is a "serving"? Using "cup" as a unit of measurement, as the FDA website does, is subjective and open to misinterpretation , is there anything published which uses an objective and quantitative units such as the gram ?

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  • Hi @mike

    The World Health Organization recommends consuming 400 grams of fruits and vegetables per day. Otherwise, you can consider a "serving" the following:

    • 1/2 cup chopped fruit
    • 1 small-medium piece of fruit
    • 1 cup raw leafy greens (not packed)
    • 1/2 cup raw cut vegetables (applies to cooked if they haven't excessively shrunk)

    My practical recommendations is to include at least 1-2 "fists" of vegetables at both lunch and supper. I also suggest eating at least 3 servings of fruit per day.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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  • Thank you for the response, as helpful as usual.
    Mike

  • i'd give my two cents to this and just say, a serving is how ever much it takes you to cover vitamins A, C & K? at least that's always been the way i do it!

    I am an amateur. I've been using CRON-O-Meter for 9 years and still learning.....

  • @bracconiere

    Totally agree!

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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