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I want to know how important veggie are. Before we all gasp at my statement, let me explain. I eat only two servings of veggies a day, but I can eat an entire bag of apples if given the chance, lol. So as long as Im getting at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, does it really matter where they come from? Because I would much rather eat fruit all day than most vegetebles (even my favorite thought to be veg turned out to be a fruit, go figure!)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">
 

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Hard to say without knowing more about your diet overall. There are some things vegetables supply more efficiently than fruits do, such as iron and calcium. As always, if you eat the same thing day after day, it's harder to get what you need than if you consume a variety of beans, grains, fruits and vegetables. Good luck!
 

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I am not an expert, but fruit is much higher in sugar than veggies. I would think it would be good to keep a good balance of both.
 

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I second what Medesha and Treehugger said.<br><br><br><br>
I usually push myself to get a variety of different foods. At the very least, I try to include a citrus fruit, a non-citrus fruit (apple, pear, grape, peach, nectarine, banana...), and a leafy vegetable each day. My idea of a "serving" is about 2 or 3 times what you see recommended, but it's probably better for my body if I eat a serving each of collard greens, apple, pumpkin/squash, and grapefruit, instead of a pound-and-a-half of just apples or just grapes. (I love fruit too!)<br><br><br><br>
I think I heard that potato is now thought of as being in the "starch" food group, instead of a vegetable.
 

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it matters a bunch if you are concerned about your health. green leafies and veggies in the broc/cauli/ cabbage family have a ton of potent cancer preventative antioxidants. plus lutein, which protects against cataracts and macular degeneration. no one is saying fruits don't have any antioxidants, cause they do, but veggies have lots that most fruits don't. as was already said, green leafies are way higher in calcium than almost every fruit. try very hard for a varied diet with lots of colors and you'll be fine.<br><br><br><br>
if you really don't like veggies, try them in new ways. try something raw that you hate cooked, and vice versa--you might be surprised. a good dip or sauce can make all the difference between eating something and letting it rot in the bottom of your fridge. puree veggies and add them to spaghetti sauce, or hide them in soups and stews. blend them in a smoothie with a bunch of fruit added to mask the bitterness.
 

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Veg is sooo much better raw. except potatoes hahaha. and more fruitlike so you might prefer it like that! Raw carrots = the win<br><br><br><br>
random question related<br><br>
does anyone actually manage 5 portions of fruit and veg!?<br><br>
theres no way i could manage to or afford it!<br><br>
today i bought a huge bowl thingy of melon in tescos (which was minging, i never realised how tasteless melon was) for £1 cause it was sell by date yesterday, and it all only was 1 portion. bloody hell. im not made of stomach!
 

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it matters a bunch if you are concerned about your health. green leafies and veggies in the broc/cauli/ cabbage family have a ton of potent cancer preventative antioxidants. plus lutein, which protects against cataracts and macular degeneration. no one is saying fruits don't have any antioxidants, cause they do, but veggies have lots that most fruits don't. as was already said, green leafies are way higher in calcium than almost every fruit. try very hard for a varied diet with lots of colors and you'll be fine.<br><br><br><br>
if you really don't like veggies, try them in new ways. try something raw that you hate cooked, and vice versa--you might be surprised. a good dip or sauce can make all the difference between eating something and letting it rot in the bottom of your fridge. puree veggies and add them to spaghetti sauce, or hide them in soups and stews. blend them in a smoothie with a bunch of fruit added to mask the bitterness.</div>
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I agree 100%
 

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I agree that veggies are important. I probably get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, but I'm more likely to be heavy on the veggies<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> [Really, what they call a serving of veggies doesn't seem too much to me...I probably get 2-3 servings in the one big salad I make for myself almost every day<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> Of course a tomato is really a fruit and I usually include one, so maybe I get more fruit than I thought<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"> ] Often the only way I can assure I eat enough fruit is by making a smoothie with tons of fruit in it...that way I also get my soy milk (and sometimes soy yogurt too) to bone-up on calcium, B12, etc. too.
 

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I just want to point out that the 5 servings a day idea comes from the USDA, who also recoomends that 2 servings be fruit, and 3 servings be vegetables. In addition to that, they recommend mixxing them up, especially the veggies. For veggies they want you to get some green leafies in there as well.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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does anyone actually manage 5 portions of fruit and veg!?</div>
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I blow that away every day. For breakfast alone I get about 3 (sometimes 4) servings of fruit. For lunch I get 2 more servings of fruit, and 3 or 4 servings of veggies. For dinner I make veggies the main attraction. In case you are wondering, I am trying to eat mostly raw, and for me this means not eating much in the way of legumes, grains and starchy vegetables. Whenever I eat a non-raw meal I make sure I get some of those starches, grains and legumes however.
 
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