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Do vegetables that are really fruit count towards your fruit or vegetable count?


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#1 Lallalla

Posted 30 November 2018 - 05:17 PM

Do tomato’s, cucumbers and other “vegetables” that are actually fruit count towards your serves of fruit or vegetable?

I know I’m overthinking it .... but tomato paste on pizza counts as a vegetable right?

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 30 November 2018 - 05:19 PM

Tomato paste is absolutely a vegetable...

#3 MooGuru

Posted 30 November 2018 - 05:39 PM

Damn straight it is. I wouldn't want to be lying when I respond to that looking after yourself thread later about eating my vegies each day.

#4 la di dah

Posted 30 November 2018 - 05:50 PM

Counting cucumbers as a fruit is just too annoying to consider.

#5 lazycritter

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:17 PM

I count tomatoes and cucumber and pumpkin as fruit otherwise I would barely eat traditionally sweet fruit.

#6 lazycritter

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:18 PM

Also tomato paste is concentrated so you're getting and extra serving in there too....

#7 seayork2002

Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:23 PM

I am having grapes right now that have to count.

Liquid form

#8 kimasa

Posted 30 November 2018 - 09:13 PM

According to my dietician, yes to the first, "No Kimasa, no" to the second.

#9 WaitForMe

Posted 17 December 2018 - 04:54 PM

Well, I’m low carb and in that vein they count as veg. In fact strawberries count as a mod carb veg too!

But tbh I think as long as you have 7 fruit or veg a day you are doing fine. Most have much less.

#10 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 24 December 2018 - 08:55 PM

Hahahaha best question - always wondered this :D

Tomato paste is very good for you - high in lycopene.

#11 AsperHacker

Posted 25 December 2018 - 08:47 AM

I count vodka as a vegetable. It's made from potatoes.

#12 Sincerely

Posted 25 December 2018 - 09:28 AM

View PostWaitForMe, on 17 December 2018 - 04:54 PM, said:

Well, I’m low carb and in that vein they count as veg. In fact strawberries count as a mod carb veg too!

But tbh I think as long as you have 7 fruit or veg a day you are doing fine. Most have much less.

A colleague & I aim to eat from 30 different plants a day Although we rarely achieve this, it does help us stay aware to eat more healthily. We would eat one or two nuts of each type from a mixed nut bag (5-6 plants), add mixed herbs to our meals (4-5 plants), eat a couple of handful of leaves from a mixed salad bag (4-5 plants), and also count coffee, cocoa & soy in beverages as 3 plants. That's 16-19 already. Unhealthy things like potato chips do count, but it only counts as one. By the time I've eaten from over 20 plants, I'm usually too full to eat a lot of unhealthy snacks, so it's a good eating strategy.

#13 WaitForMe

Posted 26 December 2018 - 09:45 PM

View PostSincerely, on 25 December 2018 - 09:28 AM, said:



A colleague & I aim to eat from 30 different plants a day Although we rarely achieve this, it does help us stay aware to eat more healthily. We would eat one or two nuts of each type from a mixed nut bag (5-6 plants), add mixed herbs to our meals (4-5 plants), eat a couple of handful of leaves from a mixed salad bag (4-5 plants), and also count coffee, cocoa & soy in beverages as 3 plants. That's 16-19 already. Unhealthy things like potato chips do count, but it only counts as one. By the time I've eaten from over 20 plants, I'm usually too full to eat a lot of unhealthy snacks, so it's a good eating strategy.

I mean 7 servings rather than types, where a serving is half a cup cooked, one cup uncooked.

But yeah variety helps too, after all it is the spice of life 😀

#14 Sincerely

Posted 27 December 2018 - 08:18 AM

View PostWaitForMe, on 26 December 2018 - 09:45 PM, said:


I mean 7 servings rather than types, where a serving is half a cup cooked, one cup uncooked.

But yeah variety helps too, after all it is the spice of life

There's been a lot of interest in pre-probiotics. Our thought is that rather than focusing on specific foods, increasing the variety of natural foods in diet promotes variety of the gut micro-biome and hence good health.

#15 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 27 December 2018 - 08:29 AM

View PostSincerely, on 25 December 2018 - 09:28 AM, said:

A colleague & I aim to eat from 30 different plants a day Although we rarely achieve this, it does help us stay aware to eat more healthily. We would eat one or two nuts of each type from a mixed nut bag (5-6 plants), add mixed herbs to our meals (4-5 plants), eat a couple of handful of leaves from a mixed salad bag (4-5 plants), and also count coffee, cocoa & soy in beverages as 3 plants. That's 16-19 already. Unhealthy things like potato chips do count, but it only counts as one. By the time I've eaten from over 20 plants, I'm usually too full to eat a lot of unhealthy snacks, so it's a good eating strategy.

Im not that dilligent but I always try to eat something from  salad, green veggies, orange veggies and white veggies every day and a couple of types of fruit.
I try to have a couple of different types of grains, and a couple of different types of protein too.

I like your idea, I might give it a try :thumbsup:




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