Researchers have found that less than half of all Americans are eating enough fruits and vegetables to gain the full nutritional benefits of these foods. In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Cancer Institute, and reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, between 1999-2000 only 40 percent of the population met the then-current recommendation of consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The recommendations were increased in 2005, to 2 to 6 cups per day of fruits and vegetables.

Final word: Make fruit and vegetables a larger part of your daily diet and reap the nutritional rewards.

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