In spite of being told for years that a healthy diet must include five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, a recent Gallup poll shows that only 55.9 percent of Americans are actually doing it. And the numbers are disappointing across all demographics. That means that no matter your age, sex, or ethnicity, chances are good that you’re not getting enough produce. (Click here to see the results of the poll.)
So how much is a serving exactly? Depends on how you’re eating it. One whole piece of fruit, like an apple, orange, or banana equals a serving. But if you cut up your fruit or vegetables, or you’re eating smaller things, like blueberries or beans, a serving is ½ cup. It takes 1 cup of leafy greens to make a serving.
It’s easier than you think to make your produce consumption add up to 5 servings a day. Here’s how:
Lots of folks come down with colds this time of year, too. So how can you tell if you’re dealing with an allergy attack or a common cold? One clue is the color of the mucus you’re sneezing and coughing up. When you have a cold, which is caused by an infection, mucus is usually on the thick side and has a yellow or greenish color. With allergies, secretions are usually clear or colorless.
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