One cup refers to a common measuring cup (the kind used in
recipes). In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or
100% vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be considered
as 1 cup from the vegetable group. One cup of fruit or 100% fruit
juice, or ½ cup of dried fruit can be considered as 1 cup from the
The chart below shows simple ways to enjoy fruits and vegetable
throughout the day, with corresponding cup amounts.
Click here to see more examples of
what counts as 1 cup or 1/2
cup of fruits and vegetables.
*1 cup of lettuce counts as 1/2 cup of vegetables
In addition to fruits and vegetables, a healthful diet also
includes whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products,
lean meats, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts, and is low in
saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added