The whole "tomato is a fruit" thing is really just a botanical distinction based on how the plant is grown, being an "ovary" with seeds and flowers. Ignore it unless you're a botanist :) It is nutritionally a vegetable and a fantastic one, at that. If we wanted to be picky, squash and eggplants, among others, are actually fruits, too. See how silly it is?
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12/7/12 8:18 A
Thanks! I assumed as much with canned -- but don't tend to but/eat canned fruits anyway. I find I eat more (in the negative sense, not the positive eating more fruit sense!) when eating canned fruit. Maybe because there is no peeling or crunching involved?
The general guideline for canned fruit is: purchase canned fruit packed in water or juice (the lite varieties) if you have canned fruit in "heavy syrup", then drain and rinse the fruit to get rid of the sugar---it is still fruit.
12/7/12 7:48 A
Sounds like the sheet she gave you is referring to "fruits" as what people normally consider to be fruit; ie bananas, pears, apples, oranges, berries, peaches etc. Not the strict botanical definition of what is a fruit. So then, tomatoes would be a vegetable. (So would green peppers etc)
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12/6/12 10:06 P
Thanks, Becky. She gave me a sheet of foods to eat, which (now that I look at it) seems to be based on the food pyramid -- but with added info and/or restrictions (it suggests fresh or frozen fruit, not canned since those are mostly sugar).
I am starting the prenatal vitamin she recommended, so I'll just try to keep eating a variety and relax over the specifics!
Edited by: JENNINTHEATTIC at: 12/6/2012 (22:06)
12/6/12 8:34 P
I don't generally seperate my fruit and veggies when I count them. Some days I eat more veggies, some days I eat more fruit.
Usually a variety of fruits and/or vegetables in any combination will be beneficial in meeting overall nutritional needs. The recommendation is usually to get at least 5 servings daily, in any combination.
If your midwife was concerned about a nutrient intake---she should have said which nutrient--so you would know which type fruits to use. Does she want you to use high vitamin C fruits, high vitamin A, fruits, high folic acid fruits, high potassium fruits. Her statement is very vague. They only way to really clarify is to give her a call.
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12/6/12 5:43 P
I'm only hung up on the difference because my midwife was pleased with my consumption of veggies, but wanted me to add more fruits. For general day-to-day, I just try to eat as much of a variety as I can and call it good. Since I'm not going to see her again until after I'm pregnant (and TMI, won't be trying for another three months), thought I should try to clarify here. Guess I'll stick to the sweet fruits as official fruits until I hear otherwise.
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2,310 12/6/12 5:26 P
I think people really get hung up on the fruit-vs-vegetable question.... first of all, there is the "botanical" description which classes all edible seed-bearing vessels as fruit (which would include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and squash), and then there is the "dietary" description, which would class sweeter produce as fruit and not-sweet produce as vegetables. Don't get too hung up on this. Try to eat a rainbow variety for the different nutrients, but eat 3 or less sweet fruits per day (you know - oranges, pears, apples, etc). Eat as many tomatoes as you want, but try to get some other fruits and vegetables of different colors as well.
Edited by: -CORAL- at: 12/6/2012 (17:29)
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12/6/12 5:13 P
I was instructed by my midwife -- for my preconception visit, she had me bring 3-day list of what I eat. In this time of preparing my body for a baby, she wants me to eat more fruits.
More than how you use a tomato, I'm really trying to figure out how the nutrients line up. I'm not trying to count tomatoes as the only fruit I eat -- I had a banana with breakfast, have been eating apples, and bought tangerines this afternoon -- but would like to know if anyone has heard from a nutritionist how it is classified in terms of food value.
I always count it as a vegetable since it is always listed as such on any any eating plan I have seen. But yeah..technically it is a fruit. I read a quote somewhere that made me laugh: "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad"
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12/6/12 3:52 P
Who has instructed you to eat more fruits?
I count mine as vegetables even though it's technically a fruit. I count fruit as stuff you eat straight up raw by themselves... whereas vegetables are usually cooked and/or added to things. That's just my logic though, I'm sure others will have differing opinions.
This may be a dumb question. I know a tomato is technically a fruit. Does a serving of tomato therefore count as a serving of fruits?
Since it is often eaten "like a vegetable," thought I'd clarify. I've been instructed to eat more fruits and have been on a tomato kick this week. Didn't know if the tomato I ate as a snack counted toward my fruit servings or not!
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