What is a Serving of Vegetables?
The amount of vegetables you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. Recommended total daily amounts vary from 2-3 cups per day for adults according to the USDA (ChooseMyPlate, 2016).
Porting sizes can be confusing and often times many of us are unsure what a is a recommended serving of vegetables. Here are a few examples of a serving of vegetables:
1 cup of raw leafy vegetables (about the size of a small fist), 1/2 cup of other vegetables or 1/2 cup of vegetable juice (AHA, 2015).
Based on their nutrient content, vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups:
dark-green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables (ChooseMyPlate, 2016). Just because you had 3 cups of broccoli today, doesn't mean you've met your recommended servings for your daily/weekly vegetables. You need a variety from all the subgroups.
USDA. (2016). All about the Vegetable Group. ChooseMyPlate.gov. Retrieved from http://www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables
AHA. (2015). What is a Serving? American Heart Association. Retrived from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Replenish/WhatisaServing/What-is-a-Serving_UCM_301838_Article.jsp#.V2R7MLsrI7Y