Eight best options, according to an expert

Eight best options, according to an expert

Only about 12% of surveyed Americans meet their daily fruit intake, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in 2019. That number is even lower among low-income adults.

Eating fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet, but for many who live in areas of food insecurity access may be a challenge. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found 44.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2022. 

Meanwhile, an estimated 30-40% of the food supply in the U.S. goes to waste. 

Any fruit is a healthy choice, though these eight are must-haves.

Healthiest fruits to include in your diet

If you live in an area with access to fresh produce, any choice of fruit is a healthy one, says registered dietitian Danielle Crumble Smith. However, each fruit has a unique nutritional profile and benefits. Here are some of the must-haves for your diet: