Colorful Fruits

How much fruit is needed daily?

The amount of fruit you need to eat depends on your age, sex, height, weight and level of physical activity. For women, the amount can depend on whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Find the right amount for you by getting your MyPlate Plan.

In general, 1 cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or 1/2 cup of dried fruit can be considered 1 cup from the Fruit Group.


Daily Recommendations

For general recommendations by age, see the table to the left.

For more information on the daily recommendations of fruit, click the link below:

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Health Benefits

As part of an overall healthy diet, eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping lower calorie intake.

Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits  may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke as well as protect against certain types of cancers

Adding fruits can help increase intake of fiber and potassium which are important nutrients that many Americans do not get enough of in their diet.