Five No Longer the Magical Number

fruits & veggies, more matters
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I was all over the catchy 5-a-day program because it helped so many people know “how much” to eat regarding the consumption of fruits and veggies. However, the “5-a-Day” mantra is not so much according to the new CDC “just a bit more” research.

The “5-a-Day” program had been encouraging us to eat five or more servings of fruits and veggies a day since the early 1990s. Then a national survey reported that only one in five Americans actually meets that goal. The new slogan from the Centers for Disease Control and the Produce for Better Health Foundation is “Fruits & Veggies—More Matters,” which reflects the difference between our real eating habits and our goals. So even if you can’t eat as much as the MyPyramid Food Guidance System ( recommends, you should still do what you can to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Join the inneractive FITCLUB September Challenge as we take advanting of eating Fruits & Veggies: more matters!