Check out Meryl’s article for The Parent Notebook Magazine, Sept/Oct, 2012
There is no question that children need to eat their vegetables. Studies indicate, however, that the majority of children and adolescents are consuming less than half of the daily recommendations of fruits and vegetables. The United States Department of Agriculture (UDSA) recommends that adolescents and adults consume five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables daily, equal to approximately 2-1/2-- 6 cups. For a person eating approximately 2000 calories per day this would be about 4-1/2 cups daily. Younger children, ages 6 and under, should be consuming a minimum of 2 cups of vegetables and one cup of fruit each day, although if you look at your child’s daily menu, this requirement most likely is not being met.
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