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Anytime-Anyday, ‘Veggies or Fruits’?

If you regularly load up your shopping bag or grocery cart with a variety of veggies, you could be well on your way to a healthier and longer life.

Vegetables are parts of plants that are consumed by humans or other animals as food. The original meaning is still commonly used and is applied to plants collectively to refer to all edible plant matter, including the flowers, fruits, stems, leaves, roots, and seeds – Wikipedia

On the other hand, Fruits, the fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a flowering plant, enclosing the seed or seeds. Thus, apricots, bananas, and grapes, as well as bean pods, corn grains, tomatoes, cucumbers, and (in their shells) acorns and almonds, are all technically fruits.

Compared to veggies, some types of fruits may also contain more fiber per gram. The fiber content per 100 grams for fruit ranges from 2โ€“15 grams, while leafy vegetables supply 1.2โ€“4 grams of fiber for the same weight ( 2 ). The water content is also highly variable

A diet rich in veggies and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check. Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables may even promote weight loss.

So instead of sticking just to vegetables as a permanent routine in your food table why not use a mixture of both?

Veggies rock, Yes but Fruits are a strong runner-up. You are much better off rejoicing that your child loves fruit than forcing him to eat a single bite of vegetable. I guess my point in this veggie and fruit comparison is that Fruits and vegetables do โ€œcarryโ€ the same nutrients โ€“ fruits just have lower concentrations of those nutrients.

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