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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/10/12 2:13 P

5 is a minimum, not the goal. It will be fine to eat 10-15 servings a day if it is part of your diet.

The problem is that many people get 0 servings a day, so 5 servings makes them think they are eating a ton of veggies. I eat 6-10 a day, but no fruit except for tomatoes. I can have berries every so often, but have no desire to. Apples, and bananas, which I love, spike my blood sugars.

I think it would be rare to hear someone say.. " The reason I am overweight is all those darn vegetables, and fruit! " I consider vegetables, and whole eggs to be the most nutritious things I can eat.

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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/10/12 9:21 A

i eat raw so it is not uncommon to eat about 10 per day. However, i do limit fruit to the low glycemic fruit such as berries and granny smith apples and only about 2 servings a day. My smoothie, though it may contain some sweet fruit-- again it is one serving between two or three fruits.

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12/10/12 8:13 A

I definately get 5+ servings of veggies every day. I rarely get more than 1 or 2 (sometimes none) of fruit though. I need to work on that!

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12/10/12 8:05 A

I usually eat 6-8 servings. At the beginning it was difficult, although I always thought about myself as the one who eats a lot of veggies. But now I just add veggies to every meal and when I want to have a snack, I eat a fruit.

12/9/12 2:02 P

5 fruit 7 veggies

12/9/12 12:50 P

I use my daily green smoothie to get 3 vegetables and 2 fruits in as my base. I drink this every morning. I then add a vegetable at lunch and at dinner.

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JAMINURSE Posts: 3,163
12/9/12 11:35 A

I am really focusing on getting in those vegis and fruits.Right now I am about 5-6 vegis and 2 fruits. I feel so much better. My goal is to up those vegis.

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12/9/12 11:25 A

I'm a vegan so ~80% of my diet is fruit and veggies. I'm typically way over the recommended amount.

Heck, one green smoothie a day (and I drink at least one, sometimes 2-3) gives me between 5-8 servings of fruit and veggies.

12/9/12 11:02 A

that would be the MINIMUM least 5 servings. More than that is better.

Personally I eat a lot more than the minimum recommendation. I tend to eat 15-20servings per day.

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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/9/12 5:41 A

I often only eat vegetables once/day, but that meal will have many servings - often as much as 10 "servings" of vegetables in a huge salad.

Fruit - only 1 serving/day. This month, I have an apple most days. Sometimes, if I want to treat myself, I'll have a few raspberries also.

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12/8/12 11:07 A

I get about 8 - 10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day. I think fruit is a great way to start your day 'cause the simple sugars are digested rapidly and provide quick energy but late in the day I stick with vegetables as most evenings I'm not very active.

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/8/12 1:47 A

NZ has 5+ a day, and I get 5-6 on work days and usually 3 on the weekends.


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MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/7/12 9:43 P

A lot. I do much of my own cooking and eat fresh produce daily. 10-15. Vegetables and fruits are amazing, healthy and delicious.


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12/7/12 7:00 P

On a good day, 4 servings each of fruits and vegetables. It's hard in the winter for me. The only fruit we have are apples and bananas. Today I've had 3 clementines, 2 bananas, half of a green pepper and 5 baby carrots because that was all that was left in the bag.

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12/7/12 4:57 P

I try to follow Canada's food guide recommendation of 7-8 for women my age. Most days, I start with a banana at breakfast, a plate full of veggies at lunch (I usually have 4 different types of veggie and a fruit) and then two servings with dinner.

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12/7/12 4:48 P

Not enough! 1-2 of fruit a day, and maybe 1-2 veg. I need to get better about it but I've found it harder to eat more vegetables now that it's cold for some reason. They just don't sound good to me at all. Oddly enough, in the summer I had no problem at all.

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12/7/12 4:42 P

I do the 5 fruit servings, mainly to fulfil my sweet-tooth needs, and because on heavy exercise days the natural sugars help with work-out intensity.

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MYSTERIX Posts: 169
12/7/12 4:38 P

I just ran across a post on here that says the recommendation is 5 serves of fruit/veg per day, in roughly any combination. Where I currently live (Australia) they heavily push 2+5 (2 fruit, 5 veg) serves per day. How many serves do you eat, per day?

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