Narrator: This is Science Today. September is designated as National 5 A Day Month in an effort to encourage Americans to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If five to nine servings seem too difficult to achieve in a day, consider what actually makes up one serving. Cheryl Rock, a family and preventive medicine professor at the University of California, San Diego, explains.
Rock: For chopped vegetables or chopped fruit or cooked vegetables, it's a half-cup. Leafy green vegetables, a serving would be one cup and for juices, general a half-cup is considered a serving from juice.
Narrator: Rock says in her studies, she's found people also assume that servings of fruits and vegetables have to be fresh or organically grown.
Rock: Even canned fruit has some benefit in the fruits in the can and if you rinse off the syrup or buy the fruit without the syrup, it can end up being very nutritious.
Narrator: As the current 5 a Day campaign stresses, making sure your selections are colorful is a fun and easy way to increase variety. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.