Why are fruits important?
Fruit and fruit juices provide important amounts of
vitamins A and C and potassium. They are low in fat and sodium. The Food
Guide Pyramid suggests 2 to 4 servings of fruits a day.
What counts as a serving?
a medium apple, banana, or orange
1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned
3/4 cup of fruit juice
Here are some selection tips:
fruits, fruit juices, and frozen, canned, or dried fruit. Pass up fruit
canned or frozen in heavy syrups and sweetened fruit juices unless you have
calories to spare.
-Eat whole fruits often - they are
higher in fiber than fruit juices.
-Have citrus fruits, melon, and
berries regularly. They are rich in vitamin C.
-Count only 100 percent fruit
juice as fruit. Punches, ades, and most fruit "drinks" contain only a little
juice and lots of added sugars. Grape and orange sodas don't count as fruit