According to US News and World Report, the vast majority of Americans are eating far fewer fruits and veggies than the US Department of Agriculture’s daily recommended amount. The USDA recommends that adults consume between two and 6.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily, or roughly half of one’s plate at every meal, but most Americans are not meeting this standard. The Centers for Disease Control have created a campaign called “Fruits and Veggies Matter” in efforts to encourage Americans to eat more fresh produce; the website for the project has a calculator that calculates a custom recommended daily value for users based on age, gender, and degree of physical activity.
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