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Veggies, Fruit, or Both?
Created on 7/5/2013

Everyone knows (or should know!) they should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to be healthy.

Some experts have been pointing out concerns about high fruit intake (such as a high sugar load, especially with juices and dried fruits) as opposed to a high intake of vegetables.

Both fruits and vegetables offer a wide variety of important and different nutrients.

Both add taste and color to meals.

Both are enjoyable to eat when prepared well.

So do you really need to choose between fruits and vegetables?

NO! You need both!

AND... you might do well to eat even more vegetables than fruit.

On par, you will get a better variety of health-promoting nutrients, and less sugar overall, by eating plenty of vegetables. But fruit offers unique nutrients, too, and should not be considered unhealthy at all - plus fruits offer a gentle sweetness that most of us love and can provide an energy boost.

It's just that you should try to choose fruits that are a little lower on the glycemic index, especially those fruits you eat daily, and limit your intake of fruit juice. This is especially true for people with diabetes.

You might recall that the glycemic index is a measure of how rapidly blood sugar levels go up after eating a specific food.

Focus on regularly eating low or intermediate glycemic index fruits such as:

- apples

- bananas

- and especially dark berries (like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries).
Enjoying high glycemic index fruit (such as fruit cocktail) only on an intermittent basis.

And eat plenty of vegetables - with few calories and sugar, and loads of good-for-you nutrients, veggies should take a prominent place on the dinner table.

Fruits should be present, too - right next to your veggies.

So enjoy a satifying, nutritious meal plan that emphasizes both fruits AND vegetables - but turn the emphasis around to read "vegetables and fruit".

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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