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What are the benefits of fruit in a healthy eating pattern?

Foods in the fruit food group offer a unique package of nutrients.

Fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals, recognized for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. People who incorporate fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. USDA's MyPlate encourages filling half of the plate with fruits and vegetables at mealtimes.

Fruits are an important part of a healthy eating pattern and the source of many vital nutrients, including potassium, folate (folic acid), and antioxidants including polyphenols. Fruit such as blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and citrus also contain phytochemicals that are being studied for their added health benefits.  

How Many Servings of Fruit Are Recommended? 

Daily Recommendation    
  Age No. of servings
Children 2–8 years 1–1.5 cups
Girls 9–18 years
1.5 cups
Boys 9–18 years
1.5–2 cups
Women 19–30 years
2 cups
Women 31+ years 1.5 cups
Men 19+ years 2 cups

Essential Nutrients in Fruit

The nutrients in fruit are vital for overall health and maintenance of body systems. The benefits of these nutrients include:                             

Find out more about the relationship of a healthy eating pattern and activity on overall health by visiting the Healthy Eating page. For online learning activities, check out the nutrition resources for online learning page.

Why Buy Fruits and Vegetables in Season?

Maria Frye, RDN, explains how shopping for seasonal produce saves money + supports healthy eating.

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