Besides being ruled by special interests that won't allow that asinine food pyramid be be toppled, the USDA also sets nutrition goals that are about as unambitious as you can get.
Five a day? That doesn't even begin to cut it.
I run circles around their recommendations.
According to nutridiary.com , yesterday I ate (by USDA recommendations):
109% of my protein requirements
1434% of my Vitamin A requirements
2306% of my Vitamin C requirements.
153% of my calcium requirements
410% of my fiber requirements
153 percent of my Iron requirements.
What did I eat?
12 bananas with 3 pieces of celery in the morning
2 persimmons for a afternoon snack
12 navel organges for dinner followed by 156 calories (a huge, huge bowl) of spinach with a ton of tomatoes and basil on top.
Total calories were 2,418 calories, which was about as low as I go. When I'm running 20 miles I sometimes consume 6,000 calories, and so get many times this amount of food.
The sad thing is that for most people 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is probably a stretch.
Eat your veggies.