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ever tried juicing??
does pickles count
Very interesting but I'm wondering if on a diet if they consider squash as a fruit or veggie. The reason I wonder is because when served it is generally served and used as a side dish. And ft or that matter what about the pepper because if we are only suppose to eat 3 fruits a day and 3 vegetables then are most people actually eating 6 fruits a day and no vegetables.
Thanks for all the informations provided.
@Phil: An animal product is any material derived from the body of an animal. So essentially, not dog food but meat.
"Nutritionally speaking, fruits and vegetables are similar. Compared with animal products, they're generally lower in calories and fat, but higher in fiber."
You lost me at animal products...are you really comparing fruits/veggies with dog food or am I missing something?
Please fix that...undermines the rest of the article.
Some foods that may commonly be thought of as vegetables aren't.
A good example is olives, which are fruit (or nut, according to some classifications).
Not only are olives not vegetables, but they must be processed to make them palatable, and the processing typically involves soaking in brine (salt water) leaving the olives with a salt content that is off the charts compared with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid olives if you are trying to keep your sodium intake within a healthy range.
I recently bought a veggie sandwich to take on the plane before a flight. I was dismayed to find that a significant portion of the "veggies" in my so-called "veggie wrap" were not veggies at all, but sliced olives. Just what people don't need on an airline flight: a big intake of sodium!
So best to read the ingredients list on a sandwich before assuming that "Veggie" on the label means refreshing raw vegetables: it may not.
God-given plant food unadulterated by humans, is healthiest, least expensive, takes far less time to prepare and after eaten, we feel better physically and are healthier.
It's an acquired habit to increase one's intake, but once on this track, old unhealthy cravings disappear and we desire only fresh, whole, "clean" food.
Clear out the pantry of processed foods and use it as an extra storage closet. Shop at produce and farmers' markets, or grow your own. Return to nature.
I bring fruits and vegetables to work for a snack. Vegetables like celery and carrots are good dipped in hummus.
this is some really cool stuff i did not know some of the vegetables were actually fruit
Nice information due to wish I could pass the test!!!!!!:);)B-)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE MESSAGE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLE.
Just started my vege n fruit diet some months ago;I seeing a great different in health each day.I'm very in agreement with u about the daily intake of fruit n vegetables. Will continued reading your informations about good health.Thank u so much.
Corn is NOT a fruit. A fruit is when the seed is inside the plant. Corn is a grass.
Why not just say "eat about five cups of fruits and vegetables a day." That way there's no argument about whether something is one or the other. I think we just feel guilty eating an apple rather than a cup of green beans because we like one more than the other.
i love fruits and veggietables
thats really some thing i never knew that.:]
This is a really interesting article. I never knew cucumbers were fruits.
I think I would eat more fruits and veggies if they where more affordable.
Everyone complaining about the cost of food needs to check out the cost PER serving. A bag of rice, some veggies, and frozen chicken can become a number of meals which breaks down to less than a $6 meal at McDonalds.
I think the bigger issue is most people don't appear to cook or know how to prepare meals. So even when they do buy things to eat at home it's frozen dinners.
Take the time to make and try dinners with your family so the next generation gets back on track. Yes swinging through the drive through is easier but easy is not always best.
Thank you for the list of fruits that are commonly thought of as veggies. I was aware of most but not all, so it's always good to learn.
More people will eat whole foods that are good for them when the price of a Big Mac is no longer a dollar and the price of a salad is no longer (on average) seven dollars. Fat chance of that happening though, eh? And yes, the pun is intentional.
cucumbers, pickles, zucchini, squash, green peppers, corn and green beans will continue to be veggies as far as I am concerned.
I'm upset to find out that my whole life I thought cucumbers, pickles, zucchini, squash, green peppers and green beans were vegetables. It's disappointing so many elementary school children are being mislead. lol so silly. Other than that.. I agree that people need to eat more of them (whether fruit or vegetable). I am a vegetarian so I get my fill. However, I also agree with you that not eating enough is linked to very serious health issues. Since people are not eating things that grow out of the ground, they're obviously eating a lot of meat, man made things and possibly grain. All things with refined sugars or strange chemicals in them, which has also been linked to serious health issues. I think it comes down to being informed, motivated and in control. Goodluck.. let's get healthy before we all get sick.
Thank you for a great blog, but in fairness to the potato, it should not be lumped in with roots as it is a tuber....correct?
Juicing or blending! Gets those extra serve of fruits and vegetables in
Its a good comparison but there are some essential differences make them separate! To keep it simple let's call fruits as fruits and vegetables as vegetables. For one Vegetables are mostly alkaline and Fruits are mostly acidic and next fruits have more sugar and vegetables have less sugar and the last they are not same when consumed for health point of view. A 3:1 or 4:1 ratio is good to maintain when they are consumed, of course in favor of vegetables!
Next most important issue is the cost. Human psychology is great! We spend a lot of money for exterior things we buy like clothes, shoes, homes, cars etc but when it comes to interior things like foods which enter our body, we look for cheap foods. We should make food as priority item in our lives and spend most of our money for that while demanding for better foods. Together we only can bring that change!
What are the low fiber foods.
Yes, most people do not eat enough fruit or vegetables. But let's face it. It costs a lot to eat healthy. If produce at the supermarket were less expensive, my family and I would buy more of it. Perhaps when the Obama administration wakes up and realizes that only 2% of our population feed 100% of our population they'll do more support the industry and stop making it difficult for farmers to survive. Then supply will increase and, naturally, produce costs will decrease. Here's to wishing.
Whatever happened to apples, oranges, grapes, berries, pears, bananas, lemons, plums, etc? Are these nutritious foods neither fruit nor vegetable? What an incredible oversight.
I loved the way you explained the differences and then connected it to our common beliefs. It was simple and easy to understand. Thank you! I love both fruits and vegetables, but my husband is a true carnivore, so I regularly make myself a fruit and veggie smoothie!
lol ! I'm dieting and one day i eat all fruits and another day i eat all veggies. After reading your article I have been eating most fruits that i thought was veggies !!! They should teach kids in school the difference when their young. Most of us adults don't know the difference !!
We need more cookbooks with dozens of salad varieties, leafy salads, kale salads, bean salads that are flavored with simple spices and canbe eaten with or without dressing. Too often I'm reading the recipes for "side dishes" that I'm making for my main meal. Also need gazpacho and other cold soup recipes in one location!
They might not be the freshest of organic veggies. But Grocery Outlet does have some organic options and they are really cheap. Also check out the dirty dozen of veggies and fruits. Not all of them HAVE to be bought organic. You can save money by buying GMO fruits and veggies that are cleaner as far as pesticide use.And just do a blend of organic and gmo. (of course as heavy on the organic side as you can afford, but if you're poor that's hard to do). Also in a article I read that frozen berries are less likely to have pesticides. Also frozen saves money. It involves having a plan and some smart shopping. Farmers markets also can have some great deals. If you have a blender just dumping a bunch of fruits and veggies in there and blending to a juice is a great option. (You'll definitely hit the recommendations that way). And you could just buy the cheap fruits and veggies if necessary. When somethings in season, the price drops. And if nothing else,I would think frozen veggies is better than no veggies.
Because a CHEESE BURGER is $1.00 and a SALAD is $4.99... and our economy is only able to affordable a CHEESE BURGER!!!
Would die without my fruit and vegetables love them
Bring in an assortment of the fruits and vegetables Described in the mini-book. Hold up different plant products and ask children to choose Whether each is a fruit. To check Their guesses, cut open the foods to look for seeds. Then let children make fold-up books to record Their discoveries.
Give each child an 8-inch square of construction paper. Show them how to fold each corner into the center as shown. On each outside flap, Have them draw and label a different fruit or vegetable. Inside, on the middle square, children write "Fruit or Vegetable?" Inside each flap, children draw how the plant looks inside and write product Whether it is a fruit or a vegetable. Children will enjoy taking home Their fold-ups to test Their family members' knowledge acerca fruits and vegetables.
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After 28 years of being in the Wholesale Produce Industry... I learned something new... Never considered Beans or squash as a fruit... Very interesting article and informative...
I don't have a weight problem but my mother and my husband both have high b.p.
I love vegetables and salads, but since the GMO's the vegetables and fruits have lost a lot of flavor. I try to juice a couple of times a week using mostly veggie's and a small apple. It gives me extra energy and I try and stay away from too much processed sugar.
I'm starting to go to our farmer's mkt. Some grow organic. I think it's best if you can grow your own or if you know of someone who has a garden or some place to get fresh veggie's and fruit. Neighborhood gardens would be a great thing to have, fun for all ages.
I agree with Deana. the better a food is for you the more costly it is. the average person cannot afford to eat healthy anymore. \
Thank you for the information!
Affordabilityis an issue. Having your health is priceless... but you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip.
I would love to see updated statistics on the numbers of this article. Are there any good resources for access to the current figures? Any that are updated om a regular basis?
Very well said!
well i think veggies had really got me somewhere cuase if u look at me. it will be like WOW. i lot 35lbs. so GO VEGGIES GO!!! LOL =)
I had breast cancer last year and currently undergoing chemo. I've had to research so much and I feel so fortunate that whilst I couldn't prevent the cancer due to a lot reasons from not eating right to lack of exercise etc, a change in my diet has made me look good even in chemo such that I hope never to have blood transfusion or be on further medication. Fruits, vegetables, whole grain , cooked food and salt intake in ideal proportions. is the way to go. My only challenge is how to convince my family that this huge change is necessary including chucking d microwave -but it's not impossible. I'm so excited about food now I hope to go to a cookery school at some point - there's always something to learn. There is still hope for long life in good health and prosperity??
I totally agree! I lost 23lbs after my third baby, and I did this by eating more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains whenever possible, healthy oils!
One correction--a potato isn't a root, it's actually a stem
One thing that is simple to understand about vegetablesvegetables and fruit is that most people don't eat enough of them.The usual adult eats one cup of fruit and about one and a half cups of vegetables a day.In this regard vegetables and fruit is very necessary.
Thanks a lot for explaining in detail all about LDL and HDL and how to stay healthy. and all the food that affects us bad and good.
Jennifer and Katherine, thank you for explaining the differences between what is a fruit and what is a vegetable. This will help me with my new diet. I just recieved my health screening results, and my total cholestrol is high at 258. I am researching the different types of fruits and vegetables that will lower my cholesterol. I thought avacados, corn, and cucumbers were vegetables. Now I know better, Thanks
Thanks so much. An interesting and very informative article. I'm a nurse, very interested in nutrition. I had no idea grains were considered a fruit!
I switched to a healthy diet over eight years ago because of high b.p. and cholesterol, and now I eat about ten servings of fruit and vegetables a day. No problem eating that many, and I eat apples for snacks between meals. Despite all that I developed an incurable bone marrow cancer, but I am still eating my healthy stuff and now can't stand the sweet things. I even make my own healthy cookies and of course cook everything from scratch as I have developed a soy allergy and they put soy in everything these days. The trouble is that fruit and vegetables are expensive, which makes it hard for some people to afford all they need.
I don't meet the recommended amounts of fruit and veggies in all of my daily diets. However, some days I go beyond them. Does that help make up for those daily diets?
I am diabetic type 2 for the last 15 years. Only recently I discovered that fruits, eaten as a dinner, lower my glucose to levels ranging from 100 to 130 measured 2 hours after eating them.To make it tastier, I add a bit of sour cream on top of them. Please recommend it!!!
Jennifer, fruits and vegetables are savory, delicious to eat. The meal plan being engaged in by me is almost totally plant based. The exceptions are salmon and tuna (very low sodium). In the past three months the blood pressure has gone down considerably, from 162 systolic to 105 systolic. Oh! it feels so good for the body to function much better.
I have recently(last six months)started to eat more fruits and vegies. I developed pancreatitis and had to change my eating habbits. The result has been phenominal. I am no longer taking bloodpressure meds. I no longer need meds. for acid reflux. I am completely med. free. I also have more energy. I have lost weight. It has been a real positive thing in my life.
I have always been a vegetable and fruit person. I eat meat but not much. As a child I was the thin one and my brother who ate mostly meat was heavy. He's died at age 68 hardening of the arteries and I'm still going strong and healthy at 73. Veggies and fruit are definitely the way to go.
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