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DREAMSCAPER SparkPoints: (1,374)
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5/3/13 6:48 P

Alrighty thanks! For some reason I mentally had the fruits and veggies together as one block on the food pyramid thing, thanks for the corrections!

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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5/3/13 5:29 P

I follow Weight Watchers. Raw vegetables are considered a free food so I never count them.

SMARVYGAL SparkPoints: (1,461)
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5/3/13 4:46 P

Can you get too many fruits and veggies?? I don't think so unless you have a medical conditon like diabetes where you have to watch sugar intake from fruit.

FLAMEGLIMMER SparkPoints: (39,148)
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5/3/13 4:42 P

Canada Food Guide recommendation for an adult male is 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. I think you'll be fine.

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NIRERIN Posts: 13,056
5/3/13 3:34 P

The recommendations are 3-5 fruits a day and 3-5 vegetables a day, not 3-5 fruits and veggies total. Unless you have a specific medical condition, in which case you should follow your doctor's advice.
If the total amount of veggies you eat adds up to a serving, then it counts as a serving. If it only adds up to a partial serving, it counts as a partial serving.

-google first. ask questions later.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,395
5/3/13 3:33 P

A "serving" of most veggies is about a half cup. So if all your veggies combined together add up to about a half up, count it as one.

There really isn't a down-side to consuming a lot of veggies! The more the better, really. Only caution is with the starchy ones (potatoes, corn, etc.), as the calories on those can add up much more quickly than if you were eating kale, mushrooms, green beans...

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DREAMSCAPER SparkPoints: (1,374)
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5/3/13 3:28 P

Hi there! I was wondering whether the veggies put into an egg omelet counted as a serving of vegetables? Usually I put a half inch slice of green pepper, half inch slice of onion, a whole 2 inch tall mushroom, and one of the breakaway pieces of garlic. If so, are there any negatives to having 4 servings of veggies in a day (along with about 4 servings of fruit in addition)? I know the recommendation is 5 total, but I am a pretty big guy... (6', 240lbs)

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