Did you know that the five-a-day rule — eat at least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day to help prevent cancer — is not one-size-fits-all?
According to the US government’s Food Guide Pyramid, if you eat more than 1,600 calories a day — that’s many women and almost all men — you should be aiming for up to nine-a-day!
- 1,600 calories — most sedentary women, many older adults. You need three veggies and two fruits.
- 2,200 calories — active women, sedentary men. You need four veggies and three fruits.
- 2,800 calories — active men, some very active women. You need five veggies and four fruits.