Why Do I Need to Eat Vegetables? | AFC Urgent Care | Portland

While some of us love vegetables, some of us hate them. And even more people just tolerate them!

But eating your veggies—and fruit, too—can reap many benefits for your health. June is recognized as National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, so let’s talk about why these healthy foods are so important.

Do I Really Need to Eat Lots of Fruits and Vegetables?

In short, yes. Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of any healthy diet. In fact, experts recommend that you fill half your plate at every meal with these healthy foods.

That's because fruits and veggies are packed with all sorts of healthy things, including nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Your best bet is to eat a wide variety of them, because different hues contain different nutrients.

What's in Season

  • Apricots

  • Blueberries

  • Cherries

  • Corn

  • Lettuce

  • Peaches

  • Strawberries

  • Watermelon

  • Zucchini

How Many Vegetables Do I Need to Eat?

Experts recommend that you eat at least four servings of fruit and five servings of vegetables a day. That adds up to nine total servings, which is why it would be easy to fill up half your plate at every meal with them!

But you might be surprised by how little is actually needed to make up a serving. You may actually be eating more than you think. If not, up your intake one fruit or veggie at a time!

Serving Sizes

  • One medium apple

  • One small banana

  • Half a medium avocado

  • Half a medium grapefruit

  • 16 grapes

  • Four large strawberries

  • Six baby carrots

  • Half a large bell pepper

  • One small ear of corn

  • Half a large sweet potato

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