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3/18/11 12:07 A

Thanks, Becky. So whe I do have corn or peas I can count them as one of my vegetable servings. Great! (Realizing that they are starchy vegetables, I'll limit them--except when fresh sweet corn is here! I just can't--but I usually have only 1 (ok, 2) smaller ears.

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3/17/11 8:57 P

According to
corn and sweet green peas (not dry peas) are vegetables, under the category of STARCHY vegetables. THEREFORE, folks who are carbohydrate counting (for example diabetes), these starchy vegetables would need to be added into the total carb intake for the meal/snack.

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3/17/11 12:04 A

Thanks guys. I'm still on the fence--I don't actually eat that much corn or peas, except in sweet corn season, but I guess for now I will count peas, especially, towards veggies and corn maybe only part of a serving.

As to throwing a whole bag of veggies into the microwave, or stir-frying them, that would for sure up my veggie count tremendoustly, but my trouble is that I couldn't eat that much at one time! Ack!

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3/16/11 3:08 P

Corn is a whole grain. Peas are a legume/starchy vegetable.

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3/16/11 2:59 P

I count them as a veggie but my son who is diabetic has to count them as starches. (Lima beans, peas, potatoes and corn are starches for diabetics)

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3/16/11 2:29 P

Peas are considered a legume. By SP standards, that makes it a veggie. Peas are very carb-filled but also have lots of fine nutrients.

Corn is a grain. Corn doesn't even act like a whole grain. Corn is essentially a simple carbohydrate that mostly convert to glucose (sugar) in your stomach and is therefore fairly undesirable and pretty much filled with empty calories. You wouldn't eat an ounce of sugar straight, why on earth would you eat an ounce of corn? OK, it isn't quite as bad as straight sugar since is does have trace minerals and vitamins, but not much better.

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3/16/11 2:21 P

They're both, so it's up to you how you count them. Personally I would look for one serving of starchy vegies a day, and 4+ from non-starchy veg sources.

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3/16/11 2:19 P

for SP.. they are veggies.. and the way to up your veggies is to just throw a whole bag in.. thats like 5 servings right there!!2 to 3 fruits a day.. and voila! you are at 8 servings..

rty stir fry.. put 5 servings of your favorite vegetables with some meat.. and cook it in the juices.. add spices, and it will taste awesome.. trust me

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3/16/11 2:11 P

I vote veggies.

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3/14/11 9:56 P

if you are going by the plain usda food pyramid, they are veggies. they are starchy veggies, but still fall into the veg category as there is no starch category in that food pyramid.
i think it's the diabetic exchange pyramid [???] that has starch instead of grains. and i would guess that they count them as a starch.

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3/14/11 8:28 P

If you eat corn or peas (frozen) do you count them towards your veggies or not? I'm trying to eat five fruits and vegetables a day and don't know how to count them.

I know they are starchy, so are they more of a grain or a vegetable, nutritionally?

I know 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day is kind of the minimum needed, but 5 is hard enough for me to get in, let alone 9 or more.

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