How Many Fruits and Vegetables Should My Kids Eat?
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Q. How many fruits and vegetables should my kids eat each day?
A. The food guide pyramids are a good guide to what your children should be eating each day.
The Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children, which can be used for kids between 2 and 6 years, recommends that they get 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit each day.
Older children, over age 6 years, can use the regular Food Guide Pyramid (pictured below), which shows that they should have 3-5 servings of foods from the Vegetable Group, and 2-4 servings from the Fruit Group.
Servings from the Vegetable Group include:
Servings from the Fruit Group include:
If your child eats a larger serving, such as 2 apples or 1 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruits, then count it as two servings.
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