We’ve been told since we were kids to eat more fruits and vegetables as they are good for health. Raw fruits and vegetables provide us with many macro and micro nutrients and negligible amounts of fats. They are hydrating too, but the question arises is how much should we ideally eat?
Higher consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of death in men and women, according to data representing nearly 2 million adults. A scientific study has shown that eating Five daily servings of raw fruits and vegetables, eaten as 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables and green leaves, are considered to be the optimal amount and combination for a longer, healthier life. This should consist of fresh fruits, vegetables and leaves rather than the frozen or canned versions of it. You can eat them directly or make a juice or smoothie out of them and have those. But, do remember that juicing any fruit or vegetable lets go of the fiber, which is very important to consume and has numerous benefits.
Now the question arises: what is exactly one serving? Is it one whole fruit or a bowl of fruits?
1 serving of raw fruit or vegetables differs whether it’s a fruit or vegetable or leafy green but it roughly measures about 80 grams this could translate to 1 medium bowl of cut pieces or 3 bowls of chopped leafy greens. To easily fathom, 1 medium apple or a large banana or 1 big cucumber or 30 big grapes would roughly be 1 serving.
Such five servings are the ones that will enable you to live healthier and stay in optimal health while consuming less calories and enhancing nutrients in your diet. These five servings of raw fruits, vegetables and leafy greens along with the required amount of proteins, carbohydrates and fats is the key to a balanced diet.