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5 Vegetable Subgroups

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I learned some interesting things today in my Science of Nutrition class. I'm in Chapter 2 on Designing a Healthful Diet. I learned that there are five subgroups of vegetables: dark-green, orange, legumes, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables. The orange subgroup amused me, simply because I can think of so few of them - carrots, sweet potatoes, squash......Anymore ideas? Do three vegetables really qualify for an entire subgroup?

I also learned that there are modifications of the Food Pyramid for ethnic groups and special diets such as vegetarian, Mediterranean, Latin American, etc....

Who knew, right? Eh. I'm learning more than I ever thought possible and I'm only on Chapter 2!
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    That's a lot of carrots through the blender! I wish carrot cake could be considered a vegetable, but sadly I doubt that's what the USDA had in mind. It would appear most things are "other vegetables" - artichokes, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, eggplant, iceberg lettuce (not dark enough to be in the dark green group!) Interestingly, the USDA puts green peas in with the starchy vegetables and black-eyed peas with the legumes. This makes me want to go eat a bag of spinach.
    3216 days ago
    I prefer the orange vegetable group (minus orange peppers) because I've determined they can all be baked with sugar and cinnamon and turned into dessert, although I bet that's not what the food pyramid has in mind when they tell me to eat veggies all day. emoticon I totally rocked the office this week with the debut of my Carrot Souffle, which although tasty, took 5 pounds of carrots and 6 batches through my tiny food processor, so I'm not sure I'll be doing that again any time soon.
    What falls in the "other" category?
    3216 days ago
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