I thought I'd read it on the NHS website, though looking for it now the closest I can find is this:
Q: Can I just eat five portions of my favourite fruit or vegetable?
A: To get the maximum benefits, you need to eat different types of fruit and vegetables. This is because different fruit and vegetables contain different combinations of fibre, minerals and other nutrients. Aim to include a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in your 5 A DAY to get the most nutritional benefit.
While a variety of fruits and veggies is always encouraged; I am not aware of a recommendation saying if you eat 2 apples and 3 carrots that it only counts as 2 servings. I would say this is still 2 fruit servings and 3 veggies for a total of 5.
Can you share the link? Thanks Becky
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The NHS guidelines are that legumes, like fruit juice, can count as ONE serving, no matter how much you eat; both contain some of the benefits of fruit and veg, but not all of them, so you can't eat lentils, kidney beans, chick peas, black beans, and broad beans and say that's your five a day.
That being said, even for actual fruit and veg, you don't count the same thing as more than one serving. It's 5-10 DIFFERENT servings of fruit and veg a day; 2 apples and 3 carrots only count as two. Like beans, you're getting the fibre benefit, but not the variety of nutrients.
If you use SP's Recipe Calculator, you should be able to enter all your ingredients and the macros will fall into the appropriate category for your daily totals. At least, that seems to be the way it works for me.
I guess, if' you're doing your own tracking, you do need to categorize as others here have already suggested.
If you haven't tried the Recipe Calculator though, do! It's another great tool in the Nutritional Tracking section.
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thanks for the clarification of how to record beans for nutrition.
However, my primary form of eating beans is in chili. I make a recipe where I make a batch of chili from mostly canned black beans and mexican style stewed tomatoes, add in other things like onions, bell peppers, and even carrots. Then I mix polenta... I know that corn and beans together makes a complete protein, and the polenta is fairly low in carbs; overall it helps me with both my calorie tracking and weight loss, because it's very filling and provides a lot of energy.
So my question is, given this is a staple of my diet (I'm divorced, I call it my "bachelor chow"), how should I record the use of beans in this situation? It doesn't fall into eating beans as a side dish, but given they're mixed in with a lot of other things, it doesn't seem they constitute a main course either.
Thanks in advance!
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The red beans can count as a vegetable or a protein; it is your choice and depends on how you are using them in the meal. If they are your main entrιe/protein food then count them as a protein. If you are using them as a side dish and you have another protein rich food on your plate, you can count them as a starchy veggie.
if you go by usda guidelines they can be counted as vegetables or protein. vegetarians would put them in protein first, but they can go in the vegetable category as well. keep in mind that one of the functions of eating 5 servings of vegetables a day is to get various nutrients in, so eating four servings of the same food kind of defeats the whole getting in a variety portion.
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Thanks I was confused. And I do believe that beans are considered "vegetables", just a subcategory which are the legumes which is why I was questioning. Thank you for the input! It does make more sense to add it to the protein, carb, and fiber count.
Red beans are technically a legume. If it were me, I wouldn't count them towards my vegetables for the day. They would, of course, be automatically included in my protein (and carbs, fiber, etc) totals when I tracked my meal. Good for you though - red beans are a healthy food choice!
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