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Can I replace fruit w/vegetables?


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I didn't eat any fruits for a week, but had at least 5 servings of veggies (including broccoli on sale - high in vit c!).  Can I replace my servings of fruit w/veggies?

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You can in Canada! The Canada Food Guide doesn't distinguish between the two. I have to keep an eye on my fruit, but that's because I'm diabetic.

I much prefer vegetables to fruit (I find a lot of fruit too sweet to be honest) and I think that as long as you get a good variety of different coloured vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes and so on, then you're probably not going to suffer. 

Original Post by gi-jane:

I much prefer vegetables to fruit (I find a lot of fruit too sweet to be honest) and I think that as long as you get a good variety of different coloured vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes and so on, then you're probably not going to suffer. 

I looooooove fruit and eat about 3 servings a day, but I understand where GIJane is coming from.  I find cantaloupe way too sweet most of the time. 

You dont actually say whether you like fruit or not, but there are very few people who dislike ALL fruit.  I'd say try to eat some fruit every week (3-4 servings), but as long as you are getting lots of veges then like GIJane said, you are probably ok.

i don't think it's recommended to replace fruit with vegetables because there are phytochemicals and antioxidants found in many fruits that are not in abundance in many vegetables. it might be okay for a few servings but i'd still aim for 1-2 a day.

here's some info on the benefits of fruit:

 

Although some fad diets tell you to restrict fruit because it has sugar, that’s not the whole story. Fruit does contain natural sugars, but it also has water and fiber – both of which help you feel full and eat less. And fruit is packed with vitamins and other nutrients that are essential for health.

Several recent studies have pointed to the health benefits of fruits. Specifically, tart cherries may help reduce inflammation, according to one lab study (that’s why they traditionally are suggested as a folk remedy forgout and arthritis).

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that both lean rats and prediabetic rats that were given tart cherry powder had the levels of inflammation markers in their blood drop substantially. Their cholesterol and triglyceride (fats in the blood) levels dropped, too.

Apples also may help fight inflammation. They lower levels of CRP – a marker of inflammation that can spike during a rheumatoid arthritis flare – according to a review of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a government database. And you don’t even have to take the time to slice an apple: Along with those who ate apples, people who ate applesauce or drank apple juice tended to have lower blood pressure and a smaller waistline than those who didn’t consume apples.

 

http://www.arthritistoday.org/nutrition-and-w eight-loss/healthy-eating/good-food/benefits- of-fruit.php

So, i hope this help. an apple a day keeps the doctor away :)

I also prefer vegetables to fruits.  (And cakes to fruits ;) lol ) 

But really, if you get a varied intake of veggies, and if you like at least one or two varieties of fruit, it doesn't have to be a problem.  For example, most times you can't force me to eat an apple, but I will gladly have a fresh apricot or a pomegranate (but that'll be it for the week, with maybe an orange thrown in).  The veggies have to be other than just starchy ones, though!  Try to throw in some zucchini, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, and if you must have salad greens, make sure it's something darker than iceberg or romaine. 

While we're on the subject, can I replace my servings of fruits, vegetables, and proteins with servings of dairy?  ;D 

I think that's a reasonable substitution, don't you?

no no no...lol. no replacements. try to eat a balanced and varied diet. that is key to the proper absorption of the nutrients in your food and to optimum health. i would prefer to eat broccoli all day, but i know i would be quite gassy, emaciated, and bloated. so i don't do it...lol. it's okay to make subsitutions in order to meet your calorie goals but don't make a substitution for the entire group and make sure you're getting 100% of the recommended intake of all of your vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and you're good to go. :)

Original Post by yummy_kitty:

While we're on the subject, can I replace my servings of fruits, vegetables, and proteins with servings of dairy?  ;D 

I think that's a reasonable substitution, don't you?

Haha I was wondering the same thing since I do love cottage cheese. xD

What about the opposite?  Other than raw spinach and carrots, I pretty much detest all veggies.  But I LOVE fruit, and eat quite a wide variety of it (grapes, melons, bananas, oranges, peaches, plumbs, strawberries, etc.)

Original Post by gi-jane:

I much prefer vegetables to fruit (I find a lot of fruit too sweet to be honest)...

me too.  i wish i liked fruit, because it's so convenient, but i just don't.  well, apples are okay.

as far as i can tell, fruit doesn't offer any nutritional benefits over a good variety of veggies.

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