During recent decades, studies examining the relationship between dietary patterns and health have found that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been associated with the prevention and/or treatment of at least four of the leading causes of death in the US. Phytochemicals, unique components found only in plants, are an important source of this protective effect.
Unfortunately, only one in five US children eats five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, with potato chips, condiments, and candy comprising a sizable portion of their total fruit and vegetable intake.
In order to reap the unique health benefits of phytochemicals, children need opportunities to socialize to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables during pleasant mealtime experiences. Choosing five or more colorful servings each day is a practical goal for families to strive for everyday.