Cancer: What (exactly) is a serving?

The National Cancer Institute recommends eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (ideally 2 fruits, 3 veggies). That sounds harder than it is. Have a banana on your cereal and a glass of orange juice in the morning, and you’ve finished your fruits. A 2-cup salad for lunch, a helping of broccoli with your dinner, and you’re done! Here’s what “a serving” really means:

  • 1 cup raw leafy greens (spinach, romaine lettuce, kale)
  • 1/2 cup other vegetables, cooked, canned or raw (sliced carrots, broccoli pieces)
  • 1/2 cup cut-up raw, cooked or canned fruit (cubed melon, applesauce)
  • 1 medium fruit or vegetable (orange, banana, peach, tomato, artichoke)
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) fruit or vegetable juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried fruit (raisins)

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